Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 Launching TV Division With Katherine Pope (Exclusive)
Pope will exit her role at 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment to oversee the unit run by former Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group president.
Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 is pushing into television.
The Sony-based company is launching a television arm and has tapped Katherine Pope to oversee it, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Pope will oversee Studio 8's television business from the ground up and work closely with Robinov. Studio 8's new arm is expected to mirror the film unit's filmmaker-driven approach.
With the new gig, Pope will exit her role as president of television at 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment, which she has had since its founding in 2009. During her run at Chernin, Pope — an annual fixture on THR's Women in Entertainment list — developed multiple series including New Girl, Touch, Breakout Kings, Terra Nova and more.
Before joining Chernin, Pope spent 10 years at NBC and its studio arm, rising to executive vp of the network and president of the studio. She has developed hits including 30 Rock, The Office, Friday Night Lights, Heroes and House as well as Battlestar Galactica, Psych, Chuck, Medium, Las Vegas, Crossing Jordan, American Dreams and Boomtown.
Robinov, who left his post as president of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group in 2013, finalized a film deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment in September 2014 to develop, produce and acquire tentpole and prestige films. The company is based on the Sony lot in Culver City.
Studio 8 was funded in partnership with the Chinese investment management firm Fosun Group and with Sony Pictures Entertainment, which aims to distribute up to six films worldwide annually. Studio 8 has secured $1 billion in financing, with film projects including Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.