A+E Networks Elevates Robert Sharenow To Programming President, Eli Lehrer Joins History As EVP
Robert Sharenow continues to expand his A+E Networks portfolio. Sharenow, most recently EVP and General Manager, A&E and Lifetime, is adding oversight of History with a new post as President of Programming, A+E Networks. Additionally, former MTV head of development Eli Lehrer has been brought in as EVP Programming at History.
In his new role, Sharenow will be responsible for overseeing all content for A&E, Lifetime, History and the entire A+E Networks channel portfolio… Read
Christina Davis Exits As CBS Head Of Drama Development
CBS veteran and longtime head of drama development Christina Davis is stepping down, effective immediately. Davis, who had more time on her current contract, recently informed the network of her decision to depart. She is currently on maternity leave, following the arrival of twins last month. No successor has been set yet but, given the timing, with buying season for next season getting underway, that is expected soon.
Davis’ departure comes less than two months after… Read
Discovery Communications Taps Fred Graver As SVP Digital Content & Social
Industry vet Fred Graver has been hired as SVP Digital Content and Social for Discovery Communications.
Graver, who most recently served as Global Head of TV for Twitter, will oversee the digital network teams across Discovery's U.S. portfolio to extend the brand's reach across all digital media platforms. He’ll be based in Discovery’s New York office and report to Karen Leever, EVP/General Manager, Digital Media, Discovery Communications.
Graver, who built Twitter's U.S… Read
Fox Promotes Mamie Coleman To SVP Creative Music And Production
The Fox Broadcasting Company has found a new SVP Creative Music and Production in Mamie Coleman. She has been promoted to the position where she will continue to oversee all day-to-day music production at the network, negotiating and executing the music and talent licensing agreements for all of Fox's primetime show marketing and promotions.
Coleman makes the move from her previous position as VP Music and Production of On-Air Promotion at Fox. She worked closely with TV… Read
Color Force Sets Pearl Street’s Margaret Chernin To Head Film Division
EXCLUSIVE: Pearl Street Films exec Margaret Chernin has been named VP Development at Color Force, the film and TV production company run by Nina Jacboson and Brad Simpson. She already is aboard and will oversee the company’s film productions and development.
As SVP Development at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street, Chernin developed and co-produced Syfy’s Incorporated and helped develop pics including The Trade, Blood and Treasure and Paul the Apostle, all set up… Read
Linda Giambrone Joins NBC Entertainment As Head Of Alternative Production
Endemol Shine North America alum Linda Giambrone has joined NBC Entertainment as head of alternative production, a new position tied to the recently launched Universal Television Alternative studio.
In her new role as EVP Production, Giambrone will oversee all aspects of physical production for all alternative programming on NBC and Universal Television Alternative studio, which produces such series as Better Late Than Never, Hollywood Game Night, The Wall and World of Dan… Read
Discovery Ups Josh Kovolenko To SVP Marketing Strategy & Operations
Discovery said today that it has promoted Josh Kovolenko to SVP Marketing Strategy and Operations for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. Relocating from Silver Spring, MD, to Los Angeles for his new role, Kovolenko will oversee the marketing strategy and partnership group, the marketing production team and the marketing on-air operations for all three networks.
"Josh is an incredible leader, and one of the hardest working people I've had the pleasure to… Read
Endemol Shine Hires Sky Exec Nicola Bamford As CEO Of Int’l Operations
Endemol Shine Group has hired Sky's Nicola Bamford as CEO of international operations, the company announced on Monday. Her appointment comes as former head Martha Brass departs after eight years at the company.
In the new role, Bamford will oversee Endemol Shine's companies in France, the Iberia Peninsula, Italy, Israel, China, India and Southeast Asia. Additionally, Marina Williams, the company's COO of international, who oversees Central, Eastern European and Middle… Read
Peter Bart: CEOs Mulling Exec Suite Exit Might Study Sherry Lansing’s Escape Strategy
"I have never been good at exit strategies," David Begelman once told me. A charming and talented man, Begelman managed to be fired twice as a studio president, once by Columbia and later by MGM, and narrowly escaped jail in both cases.
Begelman represented an extreme example of a recurring problem for Hollywood's power elite: Once you've run a studio or a network and lost your gig, how do you create a third act? How come Michael Ovitz, Philippe Dauman, Michael Lynton and… Read
Seven Bucks Productions Taps Chelsea Friedland As VP Development
Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions has hired Chelsea Friedland as its new VP of development.
In her new role, Friedland will be overseeing the development of new scripted and unscripted television projects and work closely with Seven Bucks Digital Studios, the digital arm of Seven Bucks Prods, to identify long form opportunities in the digital space.
Prior to joining Seven Bucks Productions, Friedland served as the Director of Development for Red… Read
Ted Schilowitz Named First ‘Futurist In Residence” At Paramount Pictures
Ted Schilowitz, an expert in emerging technologies, has been named the first-ever Futurist in Residence at Paramount Pictures and will jointly report to Chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos and COO Andrew Gumpert. What is a ‘futurist in residence’? He is someone who works with technology teams — and Schilowitz will do just that with both Viacom and Paramount — to explore all the latest efforts in tech with an emphasis on virtual reality/augmented reality.
While he will work with… Read
‘Doctor Who’ EP Brian Minchin Joins ‘Sherlock’ Producer Hartswood Films
Beryl and Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films has hired Doctor Who executive producer Brian Minchin as Head of Drama development at its Cardiff, Wales production base, Hartswood West. Minchin has been EP on the BBC’s Doctor Who since 2013, working closely with showrunner Steven Moffat (who is a Hartswood board director).
Hartswood West was established in 2010 and has produced all four seasons of Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ BBC One hit Sherlock, as well as the BBC's adaptation of Lady… Read