Freeform Ups Deena Beach And Dalia Ganz To VP Level
ABC/Disney’s Freeform network has upped two key executives to VP roles. Deena Beach is now the VP, marketing strategy, while Dalia Ganz has been upped to VP, social media, digital marketing & synergy.
The appointments were announced by Tricia Melton, SVP, marketing, creative & branding, who spearheaded the launch of the new brand narrative and tagline, which was unveiled earlier this year at the network's inaugural Freeform summit. Beach and Ganz will continue to report… Read
WABC-TV President & GM Dave Davis Retires From New York Station
Dave Davis, president and general manager of WABC-TV, today announced that he is retiring after more than 40 years in the business.
"It has been a privilege to have spent the majority of my career with the ABC Owned Station Group and the past 15 years with WABC,” Davis said. “Our job is to reflect and serve the many local communities of the greater New York region, and I'm very proud of the work done by the team to make it the most watched station in the country."
Karen Elliott Named VP Music Production At Warner Bros Pictures
Industry vet Karen Elliott has been named Vice President of Music Production at Warner Bros Pictures. Based in London, Elliott will report to Paul Broucek, President of Music for Warner Bros Pictures, who is based in Burbank. Among her responsibilities will be to build the music division’s profile in the UK.
Elliott will coordinate all music production and licensing for theatrical releases filmed in the UK, including at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden, the company's… Read
Michael Grindon Exits As Legendary’s Worldwide Television Distribution Head
Michael Grindon is leaving as head of Worldwide Television Distribution for Legendary’s TV division after four years. He announced his departure in an email to his colleagues today. His last day is this Friday.
Grindon, an industry veteran who had spent 15 years as head of Sony Pictures Television International, was brought in by Bruce Rosenblum, then-president of Legendary Television and Digital Media, to help build and operate a global distribution infrastructure at… Read
David Rubin Named President, Physical Production At Global Road Entertainment
Global Road Entertainment (GRE) has just named David Rubin as President of Physical Production reporting to Lynn Harris, President of Worldwide Production. Rubin will oversee all physical production elements of the Company's greenlit film projects through completion.
Rubin joins GRE from CBS Films where he served as Executive VP of Physical Production since 2008 helping to launch the division and oversaw movie productions including Last Vegas, The Duff, Seven Psychopaths… Read
Industry Abuzz Over Regal Shakeup Following Cineworld Acquisition
EXCLUSIVE: We’re hearing from several sources in distribution and exhibition this morning that Regal Entertainment Group CEO Amy Miles, President and COO Greg Dunn, and SVP, chief content and programming officer Steve Bunnell are leaving the exhibitor as Cineworld closes its $3.6 billion deal next week to acquire the Philip Anschutz-controlled Regal.
If the deal doesn’t close, then the trio will remain. Details are still unfolding, but the rumor is that Miles is being… Read
TLC’s Elvia Van Es Oliva Joins Studio Ramsay To Head U.S. Office
Former TLC development executive Elvia Van Es Oliva has joined Studio Ramsay as EVP/Head of Current Programming.
Based at Studio Ramsay's Los Angeles office, Van Es Oliva will oversee the company’s existing slate and work closely with London-based Chief Creative Officer Chris Brogden to take the production company's formats to the U.S. market. Van Es Oliva, who will take up her new role later this month, will join Head of Digital and Short Form Content Justin Mandel in… Read
Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh Named President Of ITV America’s Sirens Media
Real Housewives of New Jersey producer Sirens Media has tapped veteran TV executive and producer Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh as president. In addition, company founders Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton will transition to creative directors of Sirens Media, part of ITV America production group.
In her new role as president, Sebastian-Dayeh will have responsibility for all content creation across a range of genres for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. She… Read
Lionsgate’s Execs Erik Feig, Patrick Wachsberger Likely To Leave Motion Pictures Department
Two executives — Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig and co-chair of the Motion Pictures Group Patrick Wachsberger (who has about a year left on his contract) are expected to leave Lionsgate. It was expected that Feig would leave when Joe Drake returned to Lionsgate late last year as Co-Chair of its Motion Picture Group — a title he was sharing with Wachsberger. Feig may set his own producing shingle anchored inside Lionsgate or go elsewhere. It is not clear what… Read
EPIX Names Nancy Cotton As Head Of Original Programming
EPIX’s recently appointed President Michael Wright has made his first major executive hire, naming veteran TV development executive Nancy Cotton as EVP, Original Programming. She starts today, reporting to Wright.
Cotton, most recently U.S. President of Production for Heyday Television, will be responsible for development and production of all scripted original series for the MGM-owned premium network, working in partnership with Wright. She takes over the role previously… Read
Blue Fox Hires Myriad Pictures’ Audrey Delaney As Marketing & Distribution SVP – Berlin
Blue Fox Entertainment has hired Audrey Delaney as SVP Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. The exec, who most recently was SVP Marketing & Acquisitions at Myriad Pictures, will work with her new company's U.S. and international divisions, overseeing the marketing and distribution of films for U.S. release and international sales.
The hire was announced during the European Film Market underway at the Berlin Film Festival, where Blue Fox has made deals including for the… Read
Chris Fenton To Exit DMG After 17-Year Run
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Fenton, the General Manager and Motion Picture Group President of DMG, has opted not to re-up with the Beverly Hills-based global media company after his latest contract expired last month.
Fenton will instead plan to transition to a consultant role for the company and focus on his near-term responsibilities as trustee of the D.C.-based US-Asia Institute. That org is in the process of creating a diplomatic backdrop for crucial ongoing USTR and WTO trade… Read