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Marketing Presidency Shake-Up At Open Road (Again) As Jonathan Helfgot Heads To Fox

UPDATED with Helfgot info, 9:06 AM: In what marks three presidents of marketing in one year, Open Road has moved Loren Schwartz into the lead role replacing Jonathan Helfgot, who replaced Jason Cassidy just a year ago. Helfgot is leaving the company to join 20th Century Fox as EVP Theatrical Marketing, reporting to marketing head Pam Levine. He starts at his new post on May 8. It marks Helfgot's second stint at the studio where he worked from 2004-11. Schwartz, who comes… Read


Henrik Bastin Re-Ups As CEO At Fabrik Entertainment

Henrik Bastin, CEO of Bosch producer Fabrik Entertainment, has extended his contract with the Red Arrow Entertainment Group subsidiary in a multi-year renewal. The LA-based Fabrik was Red Arrow’s first strategic investment into the U.S. scripted market back in 2011, and Bastin has led the business since. Season 3 of Bosch, the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling book series, launched its third season on Amazon last week, and a fourth is on deck. Bastin… Read


Sony Pictures Television Networks Ups Maurizio Vitale To EVP Role

Sony Pictures Television Networks has promoted Maurizio Vitale to EVP Marketing and Brand Strategy from his previous role as SVP Worldwide Marketing. In his new role, Vitale will oversee marketing strategy, brand development, publicity and social media marketing for SPT Networks' 170 channel feeds worldwide. “Maurizio has a talent for tailoring branding and marketing strategies to best position our channels and their programming in the many markets we serve around the… Read


Pinewood Group’s Ivan Dunleavy Exiting Chief Executive Role

After 17 years as Chief Executive of Pinewood Group, Ivan Dunleavy is stepping down. The move follows the £323M sale last summer of Pinewood Group to Aermont Capital. Dunleavy will continue working in an advisory capacity with the facilities operator which includes the iconic Pinewood Studios in England's South Buckinghamshire, as well as Shepperton Studios and several offshore hubs. The news was announced internally today. In an email to staff, Pinewood Chairman Paul… Read


CBS Entertainment Ups Casting Exec Dorey Poder

Dorey Poder, CBS’ manager of casting, has been upped to Director, Casting, CBS Entertainment. The promotion was announced today by Peter Golden, EVP Talent and Casting at CBS. In his new position, Poder will be involved with the casting of dramas, comedies and pilots, and continue as an associate producer and casting associate on the annual CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. He will also remain actively involved in other network outreach programs such as CBS on Tour… Read


Susan Levison Joins CBS TV Studios As SVP Alternative Programming

Seasoned unscripted executive Susan Levison, former head of original programming at VH1, has been named SVP Alternative Programming for CBS Television Studios. She will report to Senior EVP Ghen Maynard. CBS TV Studios launched the alternative department last fall when CBS veteran Maynard returned to the fold. While the studio is building an executive suite with two heavyweights who have run network alternative departments, CBS has a pending vacancy with head of… Read


E! Ups Pair Of Programming & Development Execs

E! announced two promotions to its programming & development team today: Leela Pon has been upped to Senior Vice President and Betsy Slenzak to Vice President. “Leela and Betsy are talented creative executives who have contributed tremendously to E!'s success as an unscripted powerhouse,” said Jeff Olde, EVP, Programming & Development for E!, in a memo to staff. Pon, says Olde, has been responsible for the development of such E! series as Botched, Botched By Nature, Rich K… Read


Lionsgate Television Group Promotes Laura Kennedy To COO

Laura Kennedy, a 10-year Lionsgate veteran, has been promoted to COO of the Lionsgate Television Group. She will head up the operations, strategy and planning for the television division and will continue to oversee M&A activity, reporting to Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. Lionsgate’s Television Group has not had a designated COO since Sandra Stern, the last one to hold the title, was promoted to President in 2015. "Laura has been instrumental in helping… Read


Philip Segal To Step Down As CEO Of FMNA’s Original Productions

UPDATED: Philip Segal, CEO of the FremanteMedia North America-owned Original Productions, will be departing at the end of his contract this spring. Taking over his duties on an interim basis will be Ernie Avila, Original Prods.' COO & EVP Business Affairs, and Sarah Whalen, the company's EVP Development and Programming. Both will report into Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO of FremantleMedia North America. Segal took the reins of Deadliest Catch and Storage Wars producer Original… Read


El Rey Network Taps Brand Strategist Alma Derricks As Chief Marketing Officer

El Rey Network has hired brand strategist Alma Derricks as chief marketing officer, a newly created position overseeing all consumer and trade marketing. "With her diverse background in entertainment focused on the consumer experience, Alma is a supreme marketer with a deep understanding of what resonates with audiences," said Daniel Tibbets, president & general manager of the English-language lifestyle network. "She comes to El Rey with fresh ideas and enthusiasm, and… Read


Brillstein Boss Jon Liebman & Ex-FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Join National Archives Foundation Board

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Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and Brillstein Entertainment Partners chairman and CEO Jon Liebman have been elected to the board of directors at the National Archives Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the federal National Archives and Records Administration. Wheeler, a former foundation board member, exited as head of the FCC in January as part of the shift to the new Trump Administration. Liebman oversees the management and production businesses at Brillstein, and is… Read


Josh Spector, Zach Hamby Join Gravitas Ventures As Acquisitions Executives

Josh Spector has joined distributor Gravitas Ventures as its new director of acquisitions moving from MGM where he was manager of acquisitions. Zach Hamby has also joined the company as acquisitions manager, coming from RLJ Entertainment. Spector will report to Gravitas Founder and CEO Nolan Gallagher and will oversee Hamby. In his new role Spector will set a yearly strategy for identifying and tracking more than 30 theatrical releases and 300 direct-to-VOD films. He will… Read