Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures Taps Former TriStar TV Exec Lindsey Liberatore As Head Of TV
Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures, one of the producers behind box office blockbuster It, has hired former TriStar TV executive Lindsey Liberatore as SVP of television, overseeing all development and television operations for the company.
Liberatore most recently served as VP of Sony Picture TV’s TriStar label, which she joined in 2015 as an executive working in development and current programming. While at TriStar, Liberatore oversaw the Hulu series Shut Eye and worked on multiple… Read
Josh Greenstein Re-Ups At Sony As Marketing & Distribution President For Three More Years
Josh Greenstein has been re-upped for three years as president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. He will continue to report to SPE Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman. This comes as Greenstein and his team are overseeing the launch of the global campaign for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 22 and the launch of the international marketing campaign for Blade Runner 2049 which bows domestically… Read
Rock Paper Scissors Taps Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena As EVP Film & TV Development
Angus Wall and Linda Carlson's Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment has tapped former Thunder Road Pictures exec Kent Kubena as EVP Feature Film and Television Development. In his new role, Kubena will oversee all of the production company’s feature film and TV projects, scripted and unscripted. His appointment comes on the heels of Rock Paper Scissors’ recently announced first-look deal with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.
Kubena moves to Rock Paper Scissors after nine… Read
Disney Intl Names Rebecca Campbell President For Europe, Middle East & Africa
Walt Disney International has shuffled its top ranks with Rebecca Campbell assuming the role of President of EMEA for the Walt Disney Company. The current president of ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime will replace Diego Lerner in January. Lerner is returning home to Argentina where he will take on a new role as a part of the Walt Disney International management team.
Campbell is a 20-year Disney/ABC veteran. In the Disney|ABC Television Group she has… Read
Michael Wright Exiting As Amblin Partners CEO; Steven Spielberg Takes Reins
Michael Wright is stepping down as CEO of Amblin Partners to become an executive producer on two films at the company. Amblin chairman Steven Spielberg will take on the chief exec title. This news just broke.
Jeff Small remains president and co-CEO, and with Spielberg will oversee operations. President of production Holly Bario, and Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, all continue in their current roles, the company says.
Wright, the onetime head of… Read
Killer Of Fox Executive Gavin Smith Gets Max Sentence
John Lenzie Creech, the man convicted of killing 20th Century Fox film distribution executive Gavin Smith, was sentenced today the maximum of 11 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. It brings to a close the saga of Smith, who was killed in May 2012, with his body found 2 1/2 years later in the Angeles National Forest.
Creech was convicted in July after the L.A. District attorney sought first- or second-degree murder charges. Prosecutors said he killed Smith in the… Read
Zefr Taps Fox Networks Group’s Toby Byrne As President
Zefr, a technology company that provides contextual targeting solutions for brands advertising on YouTube, has named Toby Byrne, former head of ad sales for Fox Networks Group, as President.
In his new role, Byrne will lead the overall direction of Zefr's marketing and sales organizations. In addition, he’ll be charged with bolstering relationships with holding companies and major brands as well as lead the company's global expansion into Europe. He will also drive Zefr's… Read
David Madden Officially Named President Of Original Programming For AMC, Sundance TV & AMC Studios
Former Fox Entertainment president David Madden has officially joined AMC Networks where he has been named president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. He fills the void left by the departure of Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and SundanceTV, who left in May to become Chief Content Officer at Hulu. Starting later this month, Madden will report to Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC… Read
Mary Daily Named President Int’l Theatrical Marketing, Home Media At Paramount Pictures
Mary Daily has been named President of International Theatrical Marketing and Worldwide Home Media Entertainment replacing, in part, Nic Crawley who exited and went to the H Collective CEO job. The former Fox executive has a dual reporting structure to Megan Colligan, president of worldwide marketing and distribution and for home entertainment to COO Andrew Gumpert. She will start in her new post on Monday.
In her position for theatrical marketing, she will be responsible… Read
Netflix Taps Melissa Cobb As VP, Plots Kids & Family Programming Expansion
Melissa Cobb, most recently Chief Creative Officer and Head of Studio for Oriental DreamWorks, has joined Netflix as Vice President, Kids and Family. She has been tasked with overseeing the creation and acquisition of series and films for children and families, reporting to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
Expanding Netflix’s Kids & Family portfolio has been a priority for Netflix, which has been ramping up kids animated and live-action series development… Read
H Collective Names Former Paramount Pictures, Disney Veteran Nic Crawley As CEO
The H Collective, a film company announced in June that said it would be financing and/or producing four projects a year over the next four years from producers Sid and Nancy Hult Ganis, Mark Johnson and Joe Roth, today announced the appointment of Nic Crawley as CEO. Crawley most recently served as President of International Marketing and Distribution at Paramount Pictures but also had a long stint at Disney. Crawley starts in October.
The H Collective also said that the… Read
Ryan Seacrest Extends Deal With COO/CFO Jeff Refold
Jeff Refold will be staying around Ryan Seacrest Enterprises for a long while. The company has extended the COO/CFO’s contract in a multiyear deal.
The Los Angeles-based Refold, a longtime Seacrest adviser, initially joined Ryan Seacrest Productions in 2008 as its Chief Financial Officer, then added the Chief Operations Officer role for Ryan Seacrest Enterprises in 2013. He oversees the day-to-day business operations and finance of Seacrest's businesses, including the… Read