Netflix Punches Back In Legal Fight With Viacom Over Exec Poaching
Netflix has responded to Viacom’s lawsuit claiming the streaming service poached a senior executive (a case mirroring a separate dust-up with Fox), saying the employment contract it allegedly breached is illegal and unenforceable.
Viacom’s suit asserted that Netflix violated the contract of Momita Sengupta when the company hired her as VP of physical production for original series. In a court filing today (read it HERE), Netflix attorneys counter that Viacom knowingly… Read
Kevin Reilly Named Head Of Content & Strategy For WarnerMedia’s New Streaming Service
Kevin Reilly, President of TBS and TNT and Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment, is expanding his role at WarnerMedia to also oversee creative for the company’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming platform.
Reilly, who will keep his current Turner responsibilities, has been named President TBS, TNT and Chief Creative Officer Turner and Direct-to-Consumer. He is being tasked with charting the creative identity of the WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer platform… Read
Sony Taps Apple’s Roxana Muñoz As Director Of Intersectional Marketing
EXCLUSIVE: Roxana Muñoz has come aboard SPE's Motion Picture Group as the Director of Intersectional Marketing, in which she will report to SVP of Intersectional Marketing Ellene V. Miles, who joined Sony’s recently created position earlier this year.
Muñoz will work closely with Miles to craft broad, 360-degree diversity-based marketing strategies that inform all facets of the studio's film campaigns including publicity, creative, digital, media, research, and… Read
Dwayne Johnson & Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Taps Kevin Hill As Head Of Television & Digital Development
Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions has hired former WME agent Kevin Hill as Head of Television & Digital Development. In his new role, Hill will help identify, develop and produce new scripted and unscripted projects across Seven Bucks Productions and Seven Bucks Digital Studios.
Hill moves to Seven Bucks from WME where he spent six and a half years in the non-scripted television department. Hill was deeply rooted in Seven Bucks' unscripted business… Read
Jeffrey Katzenberg-Led Startup Quibi Hires Former DC Boss Diane Nelson As Head Of Operations
Diane Nelson, who steered DC Entertainment and also led interactive content and consumer products during a 20-year run at Warner Bros. that ended last summer, has resurfaced in a senior role at Quibi.
She will run operations for the start-up led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. Quibi plan to launch its mobile video offering at the end of 2019 after raising more than $1 billion in initial funding.
Nelson, who confirmed the news via Facebook, became president of DC… Read
Apple Taps Sony’s Tamara Hunter As Head Of Casting For Worldwide Video
Sony’s head of feature casting Tamara Hunter is leaving the studio to join Apple as Head of Casting, Worldwide Video. She landed the job after a lengthy search and will report to Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, Apple's Heads of Worldwide Video, who came to Apple from the TV side of Sony. Hunter, who will start in the new year, may not be replaced.
Hunter, a veteran casting executive, most recently served as Head of Feature Casting for Sony Pictures Entertainment, since… Read
NBC Names Sony Veteran Philip Martzolf President Of Affiliate Relations
NBC has named Sony veteran Philip Martzolf president of NBC Affiliate Relations.
He will assume the role from Jean Dietze, who has held the position since 2015 and is wrapping up a 46-year career at NBCUniversal. The transition is slated for early 2019.
NBC Affiliate Relations is a division of NBCUniversal that works with NBC's over 200 affiliated television stations from across the United States.
"Our affiliates are a valuable part of the NBC family and in selecting a… Read
Warner Bros. Digital Networks President Craig Hunegs To Depart
Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, will be leaving the Studio at the end of the year, the company announced on Monday. Hunegs, a 20-year WBTV veteran, is the highest-ranking executive to leave the company since AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner was completed in the summer. He is in charge of the one of the biggest growth areas AT&T has been targeting for WarnerMedia — Warner Bros… Read
Big Ten Network Taps Fox Sports Ohio Exec Francois McGillicuddy As Its New President
Fox Sports and the Big Ten Conference have appointed Francois McGillicuddy, GM of Fox’s Ohio regional sports networks, as president of the Big Ten Network.
The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer of Fox Sports and Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten.
McGillicuddy will assume his new role in early 2019 and take over the day-to-day operations for BTN, which are currently overseen by Mark Silverman. Last January, Silverman was elevated to… Read
A+E Networks Ups Steve Ascher To SVP Production & Development A+E Originals
A+E Networks has promoted Steve Ascher to Senior Vice President, Production & Development of A+E Originals, from his VP role.
Ascher launched A+E Originals just over a year ago. The full-service unscripted content creation company produces premium unscripted series, specials and documentaries across the A+E Networks portfolio of channels, including A&E, History, and Lifetime, and has over 60 hours of content in production.
"Under Steve's terrific leadership, A+E Originals… Read
Endeavor Elevates Mark Shapiro To President
Endeavor, the umbrella company that holds the likes of WME, IMG and the UFC, has promoted Mark Shapiro to the newly created post of president. The longtime exec has been chief content officer at IMG since 2014, when he arrived after being CEO of dick clark productions.
During his time at Endeavor, he has helped to unify IMG's fashion business, supported the UFC’s media rights deal with ESPN, developed formats for IMG's events portfolio, and grew the Endeavor Global… Read
Snap Inc. Hires Fox Veteran Julie Henderson To Steer Communications
Snap Inc., which has seen its stock crater amid the departure of several key executives and questions about its strategic direction, has brought in media and digital veteran Julie Henderson to steer communications.
Henderson joins Snap as Chief Communications Officer from her longtime post running communications for 21st Century Fox, which is on the verge of selling most of itself to Disney. Hope Hicks, who worked for Donald Trump before and after he became president… Read