Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman have brought in a seasoned TV industry veteran to handle deal-making for the mobile video startup as the company is ramping up its production slate. Craig Kurland has joined the subscription service as head of business affairs, reporting to Katzenberg.
Kurland was most recently EVP, Business Affairs for Fox Broadcast Company, overseeing legal and business affairs for the broadcast network. Kurland, who had been named the post in May 2016, opted to depart at the end of his contract. A replacement will be named shortly.
Kurland previously served as SVP, Business Affairs for 20th Century Fox Television and SVP, Broadcast Network and Studio Business Affairs for NBC Universal Television. Kurland began his tenure at NBCU in 2001 as Director, Program & Talent Contracts, before being promoted to Director of Business Affairs in 2003, VP in 2004 and SVP in 2007.
From 1998 to 2001, Kurland was an Associate in the Entertainment/Media Transactional department at Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey in Los Angeles. There, he drafted and negotiated various production and media/advertising contracts and worked in all capacities on various entertainment litigation matters (including Katzenberg v. Disney). Kurland began his career as an Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy before joining Dewey Ballantine LLP in 1997.
Kurland is joining a team of experienced executives at Quibi (short for quick bites), led by Katzenberg and CEO Whittman. It includes former DC Entertainment boss Diane Nelson, who serves as head of operations, Hulu’s Tim Connolly, who is Quibi’s head of partnerships and advertising, and Hulu’s Jim O’Gorman, who is head of talent and organization.
Quibi, which has secured an initial round of $1 billion in financing, has series from Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro and Antoine Fuqua and Jason Blum among a slew of projects in the works.