BREAKING: Kenneth Halsband, who has long been President of physical and post production at Relativity Studios, will now take on additional responsibilities at the company, stepping into the job of Chief Operating Officer of Relativity. The added responsibility starts immediately.
Halsband, who has been at Relativity for eight years, is now charged with overseeing day-to-day operations across Relativity’s business units, including film, scripted television, sports, digital and music. However, Halsband will continue his physical and post production job while working closely with newly appointed Relativity Studios Chairman Kevin Spacey and President Dana Brunetti, who joined the company following Relativity’s acquisition of Trigger Street Productions last week.
Halsband promotion to COO comes as the company is emerging from Chapter 11 and after a big shake-up in the executive ranks last year that saw the exit of many executives, including its CFO Andrew Matthews and the Co-Chief Operating Officer Greg Shamo.
Halsband, who joined Relativity in 2007, has been responsible for budgeting, production, post production, delivery, downstream servicing, and global content security for all Relativity films. He has a co-producer credit on The Fighter as well as Relativity’s box office hits Dear John, Limitless, Immortals, and Safe Haven. He also oversaw Relativity’s co-productions/acquisitions which included such titles as Free Birds, The Family, House at the End of the Street and Black or White.
Halsband has also led the studio’s efforts to expand film incentives in states and countries with developing film industries, which, of course, helps shave film production budgets. In 2006, prior to joining Relativity, Halsband founded Finish Line Post, an independent technology lab and digital post-production company.
Relativity recently said that this year it will release The Disappointments Room, Before I Wake, Kidnap, Masterminds and Strangers 2. It will begin production on The Crow in March.