9:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Kodak Appoints Steve Bellamy President of Motion Picture and Entertainment
Steve Bellamy has been named to Kodak’s newly-created position of president of motion picture and entertainment, underscoring the film manufacturer's push to maintain and grow its entertainment industry business.
Bellamy founded The Tennis Channel, The Ski Channel, The Surf Channel and The Skate Channel television networks. He's also a writer/director, songwriter and recording artist. At Kodak, Bellamy will be based in Los Angeles and work with Andrew Evenski, president and general manager of entertainment and commercial film. Both will report to Steven Overman, president of the consumer and Film Division.
Said J.J. Abrams in a statement: "I'm thrilled and relieved that Kodak remains committed to keeping film alive and well. It only feels right that film remain an available option in the world of filmmaking. And Steve Bellamy is an ideal talent to help realize this priority."
Earlier this year and urged by filmmakers such as Abrams, studios Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, NBC Universal and Warner Bros. all reached agreements with Kodak to purchase undisclosed amounts of film over "a few" years, enough to extend Kodak's film manufacturing business.
"The Kodak brand is iconic in the film business," said Bellamy. "My main goal is to make sure that film remains a viable and reasonable option for those artists who want to continue to shoot on the medium."