Ron Meyer To Deliver USC Film School Commencement Speech
Ron Meyer is headed back to school — for a day. The NBCUniversal Vice Chairman and CAA co-founder will deliver the commencement address for 2017 grads of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in May.
The film school also said today that Oscar producer Jennifer Todd and Bad Moms producer Suzanne Todd each will each receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award at the graduation ceremony on May 12 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award “pays tribute to men and women of USC… Read
Lifetime Taps E!’s Lauren Celinski As VP Unscripted Development & Programming
Veteran development exec Lauren Celinski has joined Lifetime as VP Unscripted Development and Programming. Based in Los Angeles, she will be charged with developing and overseeing non-fiction projects for the network. She reports to Mariana Flynn, SVP Unscripted Development and Programming.
Prior to joining Lifetime, Celinski was director of programming and development at E! where she was responsible for developing unscripted series and overseeing the network’s… Read
Veteran Producer Tom McNulty To Head The Exchange’s New Production Division
Veteran producer Tom McNulty, whose credits include The Spectacular Now and Date Night, has been hired by The Exchange to launch the company's first development and production division.
"By bringing Tom on, we are taking a big step toward our feature film production and development goals," said The Exchange founder Brian O'Shea. "We had such a great experience with Tom on The Spectacular Now it was easy to see him as part of the team. Tom's taste is exceptional, his… Read
Jim Gianopulos Closer To Deal To Run Paramount
After about 10 days of negotiations, Jim Gianopulos is getting closer to a deal to run Paramount Pictures. The former chairman of 20th Century Fox had emerged as the front-runner to run Paramount earlier this month. Gianopulos, who has also been considered a candidate for the Sony top job and the Legendary Entertainment post, has been in negotiations with Viacom for the post almost exclusively. At issue was getting greenlight capability on any budget over $75M; anything… Read
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Producer World Of Wonder Bolsters Exec Team
As it makes a further push into scripted content, production company World of Wonder (RuPaul’s Drag Race) is strengthening its development and creative team with three key exec promotions and a new hire.
The company has upped Tom Campbell to Chief Creative Officer, Nick Perlmuter to SVP Current and Rushie Perera to VP Development. In addition, the company has hired Laura Civiello as SVP Factual Development & Current.
“In the past 10 years, the business has changed… Read
Perry Simon Joins Vulcan Productions As Managing Director
Veteran TV programming exec Perry Simon has joined Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions as Managing Director, overseeing development, production, distribution and digital. Simon’s primary charge is to take complex but critically important stories and tell them in a way that helps drive social change, according to Vulcan. He’ll report directly to Carole Tomko, General Manager and Creative Director.
Simon most recently served as the General Manager, Channels, for BBC Worldwide… Read
‘Moonlight’ Casting Director Named Fox Film VP Feature Casting
Yesi Ramirez, a casting director on Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight, has been named VP Feature Casting at 20th Century Fox Film. The 14-year veteran will report to EVP Feature Casting Ronna Kress and she starts today.
Her credits include Fox broadcast’s Liz Meriwether single-camera comedy pilot Thin Ice starring Bridgit Mendler, the SXSW pic Gemini which was just acquired by Neon, and the indie drama Vandal which is wrapping production.
Ramirez won the Artios Award… Read
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Names Beau Ferrari Executive VP
Beau Ferrari has joined NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises as Executive VP, where he will oversee finance, operations, corporate strategy and development to manage growth and profitability for the company.
Based in Miami, he will report to Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. In his new role, Ferrari will support the company's business units, including the broadcast and cable networks, digital, sports division… Read
Norm Aladjem, Others Exit Levity To Start Mainstay Ent.; 35 To 40 Clients Follow
EXCLUSIVE: After a five-year run as president of Levity Entertainment Group, Norman Aladjem has left to start Mainstay Entertainment — and his longtime LEG colleagues Ray Moheet, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin are joining him as partners in the new company. Tim Honigman will also be joining the group as a manager/producer in the literary area.
About 35 to 40 clients will be also be joining them. Those include Trevor Noah, Aaron McGruder, Radha Mitchell, Kim Coates, Maz… Read
Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein Exiting; Russell Arons Named GM
Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein is leaving “to pursue entrepreneurial projects,” and Russell Arons, SVP Worldwide Marketing at Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, has been named General Manager of the digital studio.
Gutstein will remain at Machinima, which Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group acquired last year, during a multi-week transition. The former COO of the Ovation TV network joined the studio in March 2014 as the online video service aimed to revamp itself as a… Read
Noah Samton Joins Bravo Media As SVP Current Production
Noah Samton has joined Bravo Media as SVP Current Production, the company said today. Based in New York, he’ll lead a team overseeing original unscripted series including The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Don't Be Tardy and the upcoming series Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey and Stripped.
"Noah has a proven track record of delivering high-quality unscripted content across multiple brands," said Shari Levine, Bravo’s EVP Current Production, to whom he will report… Read
Hulu Hiring Chief Content Officer, Craig Erwich To Focus On Original Content
Hulu, which has been growing its content portfolio, is adding a Chief Content Officer position. The streaming service has been conducting a search and meeting with potential candidates for the past couple of months. Multiple former top-level TV executives have been considered, with at least one coming close. But as of now the position is still vacant, with talks continuing.
The Chief Content Officer, who will report to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, will oversee all aspects of… Read