EXCLUSIVE: With two drama series orders under its belt, Hannibal at NBC and Hemlock Grove at Netflix, five-month-old Gaumont International Television is staffing up. The company, a Los Angeles-based TV production division of French movie studio Gaumont, has hired veteran executives Elisa Roth, Marc Hirschfeld and Andy House in top executive positions under Gaumont CEO Katie O’Connell and COO Richard Frankie. This marks a reunion for O’Connell, Roth and Hirschfeld who worked together at NBC as head of departments: NBC drama (O’Connell), Universal TV drama (Roth) NBC/Universal casting (Hirschfeld). All 3 left in the big executive shakeup at the network in December 2008.
At GIT, House will serve as Head of Production, Elisa Roth as Head of Creative Affairs and Marc Hirschfeld will supervise casting. Also on board is Alison Engel as VP of Creative Affairs. “As part of our growth strategy it was the perfect time to bring Andy, Elisa and Marc on board,” said O’Connell, while Franke called them “highly respected senior television executives with deep relationships in the global television community.” The deal with Hirschfeld is non-exclusive. Since leaving NBC, the former Seinfeld casting director has been providing casting department services to TV networks and production companies, including Starz and CMT. Hirschfeld, an Emmy winner for casting the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon most recently oversa casting for ABC’s Last Man Standing, NBC’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, MTV’s I Just Want My Pants Back and TV Land’s Happily Divorced. House has over 30 years of production management experience supervising television series in locations in the U.S. and around the world. He most recently was based in Moscow, Russia as SVP of Production, represented Sony Pictures in a joint venture company producing Russian language television series for broadcast across the Russian Federation. During his 18-year tenure with Sony, he supervised more than 25 television series, 50 pilots, and 30 TV movies for the U.S. networks. Roth was most recently President of Television for Warner Bros.-based Gerber Pictures.