Hulu Hires Fox’s Tony Tompson As Drama Development Executive
EXCLUSIVE: Hulu has tapped Fox Broadcasting Co.’s drama executive Tony Tompson as a development executive in the streaming platform’s Originals team. Tompson, who most recently served as VP Drama Development & Programming at the Fox network, has been named Director, Content Development. (As a digital company, Hulu has a different executive hierarchy, with the highest title in the entire Originals division being SVP, Craig Erwich, and director corresponding to VP/SVP in… Read
NBC Names Deepak Jesrani, Mike Nunes & Warner Horizon TV’s Lisa Roos SVPs
NBC has named three new SVPs, promoting network veterans Deepak Jesrani and Mike Nunes and bringing in Warner Horizon Television’s Lisa Roos. Jesrani and Roos have been appointed SVP, Drama Development, while Nunes will be SVP, Current Development.
Following former NBC Drama EVP Lisa Katz’s elevation to Co-President of Scripted Programming last February, the department’s SVP Cara Dellaverson was upped from SVP to EVP, Drama Programming. Roos’ hire fills the vacancy in NBC… Read
Séamus Murphy-Mitchell Boards Jax Media As EP Of Non-Scripted Content
EXCLUSIVE: UK producer Séamus Murphy-Mitchell has joined Imagine Entertainment’s JAX Media, the production company behind Netflix’s Russian Doll, Broad City, and Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. Murphy-Mitchell will serve in the newly carved out role of executive producer non-scripted as the company adds the new division to its scripted television, stand-up comedy special, and film work.
Over the span of his career, Murphy-Mitchell has developed and produced a number of… Read
Fox Corp Taps Fox TV Stations CFO Joseph Dorrego To Lead Investor Relations Post-Spinoff; Mike Nelson To Replace Him
Fox Corp has named Fox Television Stations chief financial officer Joseph Dorrego as Chief Investor Relations Officer and EVP Corporate Initiatives. He will lead the development and execution of the investor relations program and oversee other initiatives at the company that will come into being when Disney’s merger with 21st Century Fox is completed likely the he first half of this year.
His replacement at the stations group will be Mike Nelson, who will take the title… Read
Fox News Channel Names Michael Tammero As SVP Event Marketing
Michael Tammero has a new gig at Fox News Channel. The 22-year company veteran has been appointed SVP Event Marketing and host of on-air entertainment programming, effective immediately.
In his new job, Tammero will cover entertainment and pop culture across all platforms including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Nation, Fox News Digital, the affiliate news service Fox News Edge and Fox News Radio. He had been leading day-to-day marketing at FNC and will… Read
Dish Network’s Charlie Ergen: HBO Blackout Will Prompt ‘Game Of Thrones’ Piracy
Dish Network co-founder and chairman Charlie Ergen says the satellite provider’s carriage dispute with HBO shows no signs of letting up, and he predicts a blackout lasting through the mid-April return of Game of Thrones would increase piracy.
The HBO situation “will be interesting because people will find another way to get it,” Ergen said. On that same theme at another point in the call, he said, “Every young person knows how to go onto the internet and get a code and… Read
Paramount Names Eugene Yang as Senior VP Of Theatrical for Asia Pacific
Paramount Pictures has hired longtime United International Pictures exec Eugene Yang as Senior VP of Theatrical for Asia Pacific. He joins the studio’s newly established Asia Pacific Regional Office based in Taipei on May 1. Yang will report to Mary Daily, President of International Theatrical Marketing and Home Media, and Mark Viane, President of International Theatrical Distribution.
In this role, he’ll be in charge of the distribution and marketing of all theatrical… Read
CBS Shareholders Update Lawsuit To Flag $200M In Stock Sales In Allegedly “Fraudulent Scheme” By Management
A shareholder lawsuit filed last summer against CBS and several of its current and former leaders has been amended to charge that $200 million in stock was unloaded by insiders who knew the company would face serious exposure in the second half of 2018.
The share sales were “timed to capitalize on CBS's inflated stock price before defendant [Les] Moonves's misconduct and the pervasive sexual harassment that permeated the company was revealed to the market,” the complaint… Read
UTA & CAA Settle Agent-Poaching Lawsuit
The four-year court battle of Hollywood-heavyweight agencies is over. Both sides have agreed to settle the lawsuit CAA filed days after UTA poached of several agents in March 2015.
“It’s all over at last, thankfully,” said an agency source close to that matter told Deadline tonight. Attorney Bryan Freedman, who was representing UTA in the long legal tussle, said: “The matter was resolved, and the state court action, the arbitration and the petitions were all… Read
Virginia Lazalde-McPherson Joins Showtime As EVP Biz Affairs
Virginia Lazalde-McPherson has joined Showtime Networks as EVP Business Affairs, overseeing the acquisition and production of all scripted and unscripted series, limited series and documentaries. She had led biz affairs at YouTube Originals for the past three years.
"Virginia Lazalde-McPherson is a talented, savvy dealmaker who can visualize the big picture and the smallest details with equal clarity," said Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks… Read
‘TKO: Total Knock Out’ Producers Re-Up With MGM TV
MGM Television has extended its overall deal with Sean Kelly and Steve Hughes and their Shaggy Entertainment through 2020. It renews the pact they inked in 2017. Since then they created and executive produced CBS’ competition series TKO: Total Knock Out with Kevin Hart and have set up projects at both Epix and Discovery.
The pair have worked together since both were at Fox TV Studios, then spent two years as a team under an overall deal at Wilshire Studios, where they… Read
ICM Partners Taps Tribune’s Justin Dearborn As COO
ICM Partners has hired former Tribune Publishing chairman and CEO Justin Dearborn as its chief operating officer, effective today. Dearborn was introduced this morning during the agency’s weekly staff meeting.
At ICM, Mr. Dearborn will report to Chris Silbermann, managing director of ICM Partners, and be in charge of agency’s daily business operations. It caps a search that only started a few months ago to fill the COO post after Dan Donahue departed for All3Media.