Exec quartet plays Reveille

Owens, Koops, Grant, Rierson on top

As expected, indie production and distribution company Reveille has looked within itself to find a successor for founder Ben Silverman, who left more than a month ago to become co-chairman at NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

In an unconventional move, the company will be co-run by four senior Reveille executives who now have been named managing directors: Howard T. Owens, Mark Koops, Chris Grant and Lee Rierson.

All four now are co-owners of Reveille after Silverman divested his interest in the company.

Owens, Koops, Grant and Rierson go back to the 2002 launch of Reveille. Owens and Koops began as Silverman's assistants when he was an agent at WMA. Rierson was Reveille's first lawyer.

"It's a very familial group of people who are running the company," Owens said. "We have all shared and understood Ben's vision for the past eight to nine years, so (the transition) seems pretty seamless."

The four will each oversee their respected areas: Owens is co-head with Koops of domestic television and leads the company's digital division; Grant heads worldwide distribution and is president of Reveille International; Rierson heads Worldwide Business and Operations.

Major decisions on Reveille's future will be made together.

"We rely on each other's advice and expertise in forming this incredible partnership," Owens said.

Reveille is not severing all ties with Silverman. In his new position at NBC, he and co-chairman Marc Graboff will be buying Reveille-produced shows under the company's recently extended broad first-look deal with NBC Universal.

"We are thrilled with the first-look deal with the new management team at Reveille," Graboff said. "Reveille has been and continues to be a key source of outstanding content for NBC and all of our media properties and platforms."

Reveille's on-air series include NBC's "The Office" and "The Biggest Loser," ABC's "Ugly Betty" and Showtime's "The Tudors."

On the scripted side, the company is looking to add to the list with a number of new projects shepherded by Todd Cohen, who has been upped to vp. Cohen has taken over Reveille's domestic scripted television arm following the departure of Teri Weinberg, who joined Silverman at NBC as executive vp.

Internationally, Reveille will continue to be "a global brand," Grant said. "Reveille International will continue to scour the world for the greatest and most adaptable formats."

Additionally, Reveille's motion pictures division headed by Graham Larson has several projects in the works under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures.
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