Production and distribution company Sonar Entertainment will be closing its New York office effective January 15. The company notified East Coast employees of the decision yesterday. The move is part of Sonar’s shift of operations from New York, where it had been headquartered, to its satellite office in Los Angeles. It started with the May exit of CEO Stuart Till and the hire of Gene Stein as a new CEO based in Los Angeles. Stein’s executive hires also have been Hollywood-based, including Jenna Glazier as SVP Television Series and Peter Keramidas as EVP Planning, Strategy and Administration.
Sonar’s portfolio includes producing MTV straight-to-series Shannara, We TV series South Of Hell and distributing internationally the British drama series Taboo starring Tom Hardy. Here is a statement by Stein released to Deadline:
Sonar Entertainment will complete the relocation of its headquarters to Los Angeles and close its New York office as of January 15. This is consistent with our previously stated strategy for growth as we continue to build our profile within the Hollywood creative community.
With our focus on the accelerated development and production of new series, as well as movies and miniseries, it makes both creative and business sense to consolidate all of our operations on the West Coast.
We will be adding staff and announcing new appointments to our senior leadership team in the coming weeks. Some New York employees have been offered the opportunity to relocate. In other cases, we will be re-staffing in Los Angeles. We will also be announcing an ongoing slate of productions, partnerships and creative collaborations.
This is a thrilling time for Sonar, a new company with a rich legacy that is now being reimagined through a dynamic and visionary blueprint for growth. We are moving forward and we are excited to enter 2015 poised for success on many levels.