XYZ Films Spotlights Undiscovered International Talent — Deadline Disruptors
It’s been less than 10 years since plucky entrepreneurs and UCLA grads Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian co-founded XYZ Films at the ripe old age of 25, and since then, the three have built the integrated production and sales outfit into one of the premier destinations for undiscovered international talent. Based in Los Angeles, XYZ has demonstrated the gumption to look beyond its home turf in search of new voices, never shying away from local-language product… Read
Brexit Raises Specter Of Disruption In Entertainment — Deadline Disruptors
It's been nearly a year since Britain made the shock decision to leave the European Union in a 52 percent to 48 percent public vote, a move that kicked off a major surge of anti-establishment and right-wing sentiment that rippled through much of the western world. After Prime Minister Theresa May began the process in March—by triggering Article 50 of The Lisbon Treaty—the country now has just two years to negotiate the tangled divorce proceedings with the EU. And while… Read
ICM Partners Ups Rich Green To Head Of Media Rights; Plumps Department
ICM Partners has upped Rich Green to Head of Media Rights, expanded the department and promoted four agents across Media Rights and Publications Departments.
The announcement was made by Sloan Harris and Esther Newberg, Board Members and Co-Heads of ICM Partners' Publishing Department, and Kevin Crotty, Board Member and Partner.
"Intellectual property is the lifeblood of media in all formats, said Harris, Newberg, and Crotty in a joint statement. “With Rich at the helm of… Read
Freeform Hires Tricia Melton As SVP Marketing
Veteran marketer Tricia Melton has joined Freeform as SVP Marketing. She will lead the creative marketing vision for the network and spearhead the strategic execution of marketing activities across linear and digital platforms. Melton also will oversee on- and off-air marketing in addition to integrated marketing, audience development, franchise and brand management and promotional partnerships. She replaces Nigel Cox-Hagen, former SVP Marketing, Creative and Branding, who… Read
Legendary TV’s Peter Johnson Joins MRC As President Of TV Development
Veteran TV producer and development executive Peter Johnson, most recently EVP scripted for Legendary Television, has been named President of Development, TV for MRC. He will oversee the development and selling of MRC's television projects, reporting to co-CEO Modi Wiczyk and COO Scott Tenley.
Johnson joins another recent hire at MRC, Sebastian Gibbs as VP Television. The company has been beefing up its TV executive ranks as Joe Hipps, VP of Television Production… Read
China As Holy Grail & Headache: How It’s Influencing Hollywood Strategy – Deadline Disruptors
China's breakneck box-office growth may have ground to a sputter in 2016, but one need only look at the recent success of The Fate Of The Furious for proof there is still gas in the market. Last month, F8 crossed 2.43 billion RMB to become the No. 1 import ever in the market. As of Sunday, it has climbed to 2.662 billion RMB ($386.7 million).
That performance reflects what has become a source of excitement and consternation for Hollywood. In the five years since it paved… Read
Showtime Taps ABC’s Jana Winograde As President Of Business Operations
Veteran top ABC business executive Jana Winograde is leaving the broadcast network to join Showtime Networks in the newly created position of President of Business Operations, West Coast.
Winograde, who will join in mid-August, will oversee the network's production, program operations and business affairs teams, as well as the financial and business aspects of acquisition, development and distribution of Showtime content. She will be based in the Showtime Networks' West… Read
How Scott Stuber Will Steer Netflix Ambition To Make 40-50 Feature Films Per Year – Deadline Disruptors
When Scott Stuber took himself out of contention to replace the late Brad Grey as Paramount chairman, and instead accepted an offer from Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos to run Netflix's feature film division, many felt he'd taken the more exciting job. Why? While Jim Gianopulos has to dig Paramount out of a deep hole, Stuber has a blank slate and the financial backing to make Netflix as aggressive a film studio as it is on the television front—try 40-50 films per year… Read
Former News Corp., Fox Exec Steve Ross Now At Hearst Magazines
Steve Ross, a top licensing exec who held positions at Fox Networks Group, News Corp, 20th Century Fox Film Corp and Mattel, has just been hired at Hearst Magazines as VP/Global Chief licensing director. He starts immediately and is responsible for the licensing of new consumer products initiatives, retail merchandising and e-commerce; brand migration including location-based and live events; and franchise development for Hearst's portfolio.
That portfolio contains Cosmopo… Read
With The Story Factory, Shane Salerno Is “Revolutionizing The Way Authors Can Be Represented” — Deadline Disruptors
Shane Salerno was an established screenwriter and documentary filmmaker when a conversation with novelist Don Winslow several years ago first spawned a now-substantial business, brokering book and movie deals for authors.
"Don and I had been friends for years," Salerno says, "and one day he told me, 'I've had it, I'm tired of writing these books that get all this acclaim, and no sales, no marketing, no promotion, no support from my publisher. So, I quit.' I said, 'Really… Read
Dylan Sellers Returning To Weinstein Co As President Of Production
Dylan Sellers is returning to The Weinstein Company as President of Production, a job he held previously before exiting to produce films.
He first joined TWC from Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne's Unique Pictures in 2012. He had a three-year stint at TWC where he worked across titles such as August: Osage County and St. Vincent.
Sellers stepped down from the company in 2014 after his contract expired.
Here’s the Weinstein release announcing the reteam, and Sellers’ new title… Read
Legendary Entertainment CFO & General Counsel Both Out As Mary Parent Builds Own Team
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Entertainment is in the throes of more executive changes. The company’s CFO Marlin Prager, who has been with the company since 2005 and has been in that post for six years, has exited. Also leaving is chief legal counsel Martin Willhite, who has had the job since 2011. This is the third top executive that has left following Peter Loehr, the CEO of Legendary Pictures' China subsidary Legendary East who is leaving at the end of this month. Loehr had… Read