Sources: DreamWorks Eyes Turner's Michael Wright for Top Job (Exclusive)
Michael Wright is being eyed for a top job at DreamWorks Studios, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Those sources note that the exiting TNT, TBS and TCM programming president would oversee film and TV for DreamWorks, areas that were not officially combined previously. The hire would free DreamWorks Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider to take a top creative job at Fox, a move first reported by THR in February, possibly later this fall.
Steven Spielberg, who has moved at a leisurely pace in finding a replacement for Snider, is said to like Wright for the job because of their work together on such series as the TNT sci-fi drama Falling Skies, which DreamWorks produces.
After a rocky patch with flops including Fox's Terra Nova and NBC's Smash, Amblin TV has thrived more recently under co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Both of CBS' big summer bets — Under the Dome and Extant — are from the studio, as are other series including FX's The Americans and Fox's upcoming The Red Band Society. DreamWorks TV operates separately from DreamWorks' deal with financial backer Reliance. Frank and Falvey report directly to Spielberg and operate under the Amblin TV banner.
On the film side, DreamWorks has had a spotty track record in recent years. It's The Hundred-Foot Journey has grossed $41.7 million since its release last month, but March's Need for Speed stalled at the domestic box office, earning only $43.6 million in the U.S.
The news last week that Wright would exit his current post came amid major changes at the Turner entertainment group, which included Turner encouraging employees to take buyouts. Wright joined Turner in 2002, and has served as president and head of programming at the trio of nets since May 2012.
Neither Wright nor DreamWorks responded to a request for comment.