Ted Hope Named CEO of Fandor, Film Streaming Service
Current CEO Dan Aronson will continue to serve on the board of directors and as CTO.
Ted Hope has been named chief executive officer of Fandor, the subscription-based online streaming service that specializes in independent movies and foreign films.
Hope, a veteran indie film producer, most recently served as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, stepping down from that post at the end of 2013. He has been a member of Fandor’s board of advisors since March 2011 and will take over as CEO on Jan. 30.
Dan Aronson, who founded Fandor in 2011 and is its current CEO, will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors and as its CTO. Fandor’s library currently consists of 5,000 films.
“Our entire film culture remains structured around antiquated concepts of cinema, audience and engagement,” Hope said. “Fandor is part of a great systems reboot of this ecosystem, one that is as equally rewarding for the artist and the audience. Fandor offers film fans better curation and deeper engagement, making ambitious, diverse and vibrant film culture a sustainable enterprise for all participants.”
Former Facebook executive Chris Kelly, a member of the board of directors, said of Hope, “Ted has repeatedly proven his entrepreneurial talents over the years in making incredible films and articulating a powerful future vision for the independent film business. We're thrilled to have him lead Fandor's quest to remake the film ecosystem.”