Noreen Halpern Leaving Entertainment One Television
Her departure comes 10 days after the Canadian producer of "Hell on Wheels" and "Haven" said it was abandoning plans to sell the company outright.
TORONTO — Ten days after Canadian indie producer Entertainment One pulled plans to sell the company, Noreen Halpern, the Los Angeles-based president of dramatic programming, announced she is exiting the company.
Halpern also is parting ways with John Morayniss, with whom she co-founded Blueprint Entertainment in 2002. They sold the company and joined Entertainment One in 2008.
Entertainment One said Halpern’s departure was “amicable” and that she would remain with the company through a transition period.
Halpern gave no indication where she is headed but said she is leaving an impressive development slate and team in place.
Her TV credits include Hell on Wheels, Haven and Rookie Blue, as Halpern and Morayniss proved pragmatic financiers of cross-border TV dramas that could also be sold into the wider international market.
Halpern's departure was preceded this week by Margaret O'Brien being promoted to head Entertainment One's Canadian TV operations, as part of a new post.
“Noreen is a creative leader and visionary in the industry, and we will certainly miss her presence,” Patrice Theroux, president of filmed entertainment at Entertainment One, said Thursday.