Fox Chairman Dana Walden Joins Hulu Board Of Directors
Dana Walden, Chairman & CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s Board of Directors. She succeeds Randy Freer, former president and COO of Fox Networks Group, who was named Hulu CEO following Mike Hopkins departure last month.
The makeup of the board of Hulu, which is co-owned by 21st Century Fox, Disney, Comcast and Time Warner, consists of three seats for Fox, held by Peter Rice, Walden and Brian Sullivan, and three for Disney, Kevin Mayer, Ben Sherwood. Bruce… Read
Makeready Taps Bad Robot’s Natalie Laine Williams As Creative Executive
Makeready, Brad Weston’s Entertainment One-backed independent studio and financier for film, television and branded content, has added Bad Robot creative executive Natalie Laine Williams to its team. Starting on November 27, Williams will work on the development and production of films and television projects, reporting to creative heads Pam Abdy and Scott Nemes.
Williams comes to Makeready from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, where she served as a creative executive… Read
Back Roads Entertainment Taps BBC Worldwide Exec Jonathan Cane As Head Of Development
50 Central and Joking Off producer Back Roads Entertainment has hired former BBC Worldwide executive Jonathan Cane as head of development.
In his new role, Cane will oversee the company's development team of six and be charged with creating and developing original formats specifically tailored for the cable marketplace. He will report directly to Founder and Executive Producer Colby Gaines.
Most recently, Cane served as Vice President of Development for BBC Worldwide… Read
Kevin Campbell Moves From Amblin To Become Co-President, Worldwide Theatrical Marketing Of 20th Century Fox
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Campbell, a well-known and respected marketing executive in the industry, has been named Co-President of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing at 20th Century Fox. The move to the studio is a homecoming for the executive. He comes to Fox after serving as head of marketing at Amblin Partners but previously held executive marketing roles at the studio from 2005 to 2008, rising to EVP marketing before he left.
Campbell will start in his new gig before the end of… Read
The H Collective Hires Jenna Sanz-Agero In Business Affairs Role
EXCLUSIVE: The H Collective looks like it’s gearing up. The newly-launched film finance, production, marketing, and distribution company has hired Jenna Sanz-Agero as EVP business affairs and operations to oversee the company's global business and legal affairs and liaise directly with its strategic financing partners both in the U.S. and abroad. She will be based in Los Angeles and report to The H Collective’s CEO Nic Crawley, who himself was hired in just two months… Read
Crackle GM Eric Berger Named Chief Digital Officer For Sony Pictures TV Networks
Eric Berger, EVP digital networks for Sony Pictures Television, has been named EVP and Chief Digital Officer for Sony Pictures Television Networks. Berger also will continue as general manager for Sony’s Crackle and will continue to report to Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks for Sony Pictures Television.
Kaplan announced Berger’s new duties on Tuesday in a note to staff. You can read it in full below:
I'm pleased to announce that Eric Berger has been named EVP… Read
Vernon Sanders Steps Down As NBC Head Of Current, Segues To Producing With Uni TV Overall Deal & Joins ‘Amazing Stories’
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran NBC executive Vernon Sanders is exiting his post as EVP Current Programming at the network and is leaving the executive ranks to become a producer. He has signed an exclusive overall producing deal with NBC sibling Universal Television.
At the studio, run by president Pearlena Igbokwe, the well-liked Sanders will serve as a producer on the recently announced Amazing Stories anthology series reboot for Apple, which Uni TV is producing with Amblin TV. It… Read
David O’Connor Exits Madison Square Garden After Two Years As President/CEO
David O'Connor has stepped down from Madison Square Garden, and James Dolan is coming in as interim president and CEO. The abrupt move, announced Monday, was a surprise. The former longtime agent and CAA partner, better known as ‘Doc’ O’Connor, had gone to MSG just a little more than two years ago.
As head honcho at MSG, O’Connor made more than $54 million in total compensation in the job and was listed as the highest-paid CEO in America last year with combined salary and… Read
Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Set For ADG Awards’ Highest Honor
The 22nd annual Art Directors Guild Awards has its career honoree. Kathleen Kennedy, the eight-time Oscar nominee who heads Lucasfilm, is set to receive the group’s Cinematic Imagery Award during the ADG Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland.
“We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating a cinematic legacy as represented by some of the most successful… Read
Michael Wright Takes President Post At Epix
Michael Wright, who exited his post as CEO of Amblin Entertainment in September, has just been named President of the premium pay television network Epix. He will start in his new role on December 4 and report to MGM Chairman/CEO Gary Barber.
He replaces longtime Epix president/CEO Mark Greenberg, who had been at the helm since the company’s launch eight years ago, and left the post also at the end of September.
Wright, who has a long history in cable, having been… Read
Shout! Factory Launches Shout! Studios, Acquires Three Films For Release
EXCLUSIVE: Shout! Factory has announced the creation of a filmed entertainment, production and distribution arm that will specialize in content development. And the company just pegged three films for a 2018 release: Sam Hoffman’s Humor Me, which will be released January 12; The House of Tomorrow for April; and Izzy Gets the F Across Town for March. Danny Baron's Basmati Blues, starring Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland, also will bow from the label.
Sam Hoffman's Humor Me… Read
Amy Mastriona Named Exec VP Film Production At Miramax
Amy Mastriona has joined Miramax as EVP Film Production, reporting to CEO Bill Block. She comes to Miramax from Paramount Pictures, where she was EVP Creative Advertising and Marketing.
Mastriona is joining the company as part of its new strategy. "Amy's distinct skill set in creative advertising makes her a perfect selection to lead our decision making and development process," Block said in a statement. "She understands the ever-changing audience base and will be… Read