NEW YORK, NY – May 28, 2009 – In a major strategic initiative that will strengthen its presence within the Hollywood creative community and expand its output of original television programming, RHI Entertainment has opened a Los Angeles based programming office and named Tom Patricia, Executive Vice President, Movies and Miniseries and Elizabeth Stephen, Executive Vice President, Series. The announcement was made today by Robert Halmi Jr., President and CEO, RHI Entertainment.
The new office will be responsible for production and development as well as co-financing opportunities. Patricia and Stephen will work closely with RHI’s New York creative team, including company founder and head creative executive Robert Halmi, Sr. and Senior Vice President, Development Lynn Holst.
“While RHI has always had a high profile in Hollywood, this new programming arm will enable us to ramp up our West Coast development and production efforts even further,” said Halmi, Jr. “Tom and Elizabeth are extremely talented executives who have the key relationships and know how to get projects greenlit and produced. They will have an immediate and far reaching impact on RHI’s creative output.”
Tom Patricia, an Emmy-nominated and Christopher Award-winning producer, most recently has had an exclusive producing deal with Lionsgate Television for TV series, movies, miniseries, and non-fiction programs. Patricia served as Senior Vice President for Michael Ovitz’s Artists Television Group, where he was head of the Television Movie and Miniseries Department. He also headed up Peter Guber’s Television Movie and Miniseries Department as President, Television Pictures, Mandalay Entertainment. In addition, Patricia was Senior Vice President for Citadel Entertainment, a joint venture between HBO and UK Broadcaster ITEL, where he served as head of all television development and production.
Elizabeth Stephen most recently served as president of Mandalay Television, a division of Mandalay Entertainment Group, since 2007, overseeing the creative development and production for the division. She is the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed and Peabody Award Winning Showtime series “Brotherhood.” In the first 18 months running the Mandalay division, Stephen packaged and sold over 25 original shows to virtually all the broadcast networks, basic cable and premium cable channels, including ABC, CBS, Fox, F/X, TNT, USA, Showtime, HBO, AMC, A&E, Lifetime and Spike.