The wave of top executive changes at Legendary Entertainment following the company’s recent acquisition by China’s Dalian Wanda Group has reached the television division. Bruce Rosenblum, who has headed the unit as president of Legendary Television and Digital Media since departing Warner Bros. TV almost three years ago, is leaving the company.
The news comes just as Legendary chairman/CEO Thomas Tull appointed Mary Parent as Vice Chairman Worldwide Production. In her role, she has oversight of all of the company’s operations, including TV and digital, calling the shots in television. (Rosenblum had previously reported directly to Tull.) Parent succeeds another high-profile Legendary executive who left earlier this week, president Jon Jashni. He will be launching Raintree Ventures. Rosenblum’s future plans are unclear.
“Obviously, with the change at the top of Legendary, subsequent changes throughout the company were inevitable,” Rosenblum, who also is chairman and CEO of the TV Academy, said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of the team we have assembled in such a short time, and I know that Legendary Television and Digital Media will continue to grow and meaningfully contribute to Legendary for years to come. I’m excited to see all our creative efforts blossom, to continue in my role at The Television Academy, and to plan my next chapter. I wish Thomas and all of my former colleagues all the best as they embark on their new chapter.”
At Legendary, Rosenblum built a full-fledged TV operation that included TV production and international distribution. The company’s first TV series, Colony, was just renewed by USA. It was followed by Love, which recently premiered on Netflix and has a two-season pickup.
Legendary also distributes internationally the Syfy drama The Expanse and acquired TV production company Asylum Entertainment.