Category Archives: Executive Moves

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (04.13.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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Warner Bros. Hires Former Google Exec Michelle Slavich as EVP of Global Publicity and Strategy

Michelle Slavich WBSlavich is leaving her post as head of entertainment communications for YouTube to join the studio, where she’ll report to Blair Rich, WB’s president of worldwide marketing.

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Sony Marketing Exec Christine Birch Exits Studio Under a Cloud of Controversy; Was It Pot or Not?

Birch and BassettHigh Times cover boys Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg both have offices on the Sony lot, where like the rest of Hollywood, there seems to be a real double standard, not just between men and women, but between talent and executives, who used to be able to get away with just as much as their famous collaborators.

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Sue Kroll Launches Kroll & Co. Shingle on Warners Lot; Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock to Star in First Projects

Kroll and Co.Kroll will serve as an executive producer on Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born and Edward Norton’s directorial debut Motherless Brooklyn, as well as John Crowley’s adaptation of The Goldfinch.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.30.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKathleen Gallagher replaces longtime Universal Pictures Home Entertainment exec Dick Longwell who is retiring after 20 years in senior sales and distribution. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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A24 Co-Founder John Hodges Exits as Sale Rumors Plague Indie Studio Behind “Moonlight,” “Lady Bird”

John Hodges A24Surely David Fenkel and Daniel Katz have learned by now that there’s a ceiling for arthouse films these days. A24’s biggest success, Lady Bird, grossed $49 million domestically, so can that ceiling support the duo’s ambitions, or will a larger distributor make them an offer they can’t refuse?

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DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson Taking Leave of Absence

Diane NelsonNelson’s leave of absence comes just as Justice League ends its theatrical run as the lowest-grossing entry in the DCEU. According to reports, she needs time to deal with personal matters, including recovering from a recent back surgery.

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Inside the MGM Coup That Led to Gary Barber’s Firing and a Studio Without Leadership

Gary Barber MGMBarber relaunched Orion Pictures, led the company’s $1 billion acquisition of Epix, cut costs across divisions, and squeezed every penny possible out of MGM’s library with the help of streaming platforms that were hungry for content. So what’s behind his abrupt exit?

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.16.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMIn an attempt to broaden their appeal and do some damage control following sexual harassment allegations, Vice Media has hired Nance Duboc to replace CEO Shane Smith. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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A+E Chief Nancy Dubuc Leaving to Become CEO of Vice Media, Where She’ll Broaden Brand’s Appeal to Women

Nancy DubucDubuc is expected to provide some much-needed leadership at Vice, which has been forced to fire several top executives following sexual harassment allegations from multiple employees who have also taken aim at the company’s corporate culture, suggesting it is in dire need of repair.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.02.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMIn a big restructuring, Rich Ross is out at Discovery and TLC’s Nancy Daniels is in, among others. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.16.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMFollowing the departure of Jennifer Salke at NBC, the peacock network promotes two women from within to run their scripted programming. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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NBC’s Jennifer Salke Named Head of Amazon Studios

jennifer salke The company focused on female executives to take over Price’s role and Salke emerged as a frontrunner, along with A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc and Fox TV boss Dana Walden.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.02.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMBuzzfeed, CBS, Showtime, and more companies are promoting from within in our latest Executive Shuffle. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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Trevor Groth Leaving Sundance Film Festival After 25 Years to Join 30West

Trevor GrothWhile at Sundance, Groth helped champion acclaimed titles such as Whiplash, Fruitvale Station, Hard Eight, Pi, Memento and Napoleon Dynamite.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (01.19.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMThe CW promotes two and brings in Julie Jarmon from Freeform to firm up their development team under Executive Vice President Gaye Hirsch. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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Jenna Block Named Lit Agent at Verve, Where Her Good Taste Should Come In Handy

Jenna Block VerveBlock’s hiring makes her the 20th agent at Verve, one of the few agencies that hasn’t been dragged into Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal. She’s well known in development circles for having a good work ethic and a strong sense of story.

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Warner Bros. Shake-up: Toby Emmerich Promoted, Sue Kroll Leaving Job as Exec to Become Producer on the Lot

Sue Kroll OutIt will now fall on Emmerich, newly-crowned marketing chief Blair Rich and new DC Films president Walter Hamada to restore luster to the DC brand following the critical and commercial failure of Justice League.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (1.05.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMFollowing Mark Pedowitz’s contract extension at The CW, the network has also up head of scripted development, Gaye Hirsch, to EVP of Development. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (12.08.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMApple nabs Jason Katims’ development exec Michelle Lee, Zac bright joins MoviePass, and 20th Century Fox and NBC promote from within. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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DC Movie Universe in Turmoil as Big Changes Loom, From Batman to the Executive Suites

DC Films LogoBen Affleck isn’t long for the cape and cowl, while Zack Snyder has directed his last DC movie, and possibly his last movie ever for Warner Bros., where he still has a producing deal.

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20th Century Fox’s Chelsey Summey Earns Well-Deserved Promotion to SVP of Corporate Communications

Chelsey SummeyIn her new role, Summey will oversee several aspects of the studio’s external and internal communications, including box office reporting, trade media relations and transactional announcements.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (11.10.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PM Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Marc Shmuger announces his departure from EuropaCorp leaving company Founder Luc Besson to fill in as interim Chief Executive starting January 1st.

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Megan Colligan Exits Paramount Following a String of Flops, Alleging “Gender Bias” On Her Way Out the Door

George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” and Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” probably looked good on paper, but they certainly didn’t do her any favors.

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Tom Ortenberg to Exit Open Road Films After Guiding the Company to a Best Picture Win for “Spotlight”

Under Ortenberg’s leadership, Open Road released some really good movies, including “Nightcrawler,” “End of Watch,” “The Grey,” “Snowden” and “Bleed for This.”

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Veteran Literary Agent David Boxerbaum Leaves Paradigm for Verve (Exclusive)

After five years at Paradigm, the spec king is heading to new offices, though at this point, it’s unclear which of his clients will follow.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (10.27.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMWomen are earning themselves top positions across the town including Samie Kim Falvey, Franci Calfo, Jillian Apfelbaum, and Lauren Whitney. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (09.29.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMEpix’s CEO and president Mark Greenberg steps down with Monty Sarhan stepping up to run things in the interim. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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Hollywood’s Lit Landscape Altered as Howie Sanders, Kassie Evashevski Exit UTA for New Roles at Anonymous Content

Anonymous Content UTAEvashevski has worked for UTA since 2007, while Sanders has been there twice as long. Both are major figures in the literary world, where Evashevski is known for brokering author Stephanie Meyer’s deals for her Twilight series.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (09.15.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMNetflix nabs Melissa Cobb from DreamWorks to head up children’s programming following announcement of Disney library leaving the streaming site. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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