World of Wonder taps 4 execs
EmptyWorld of Wonder Prods., the film and TV production company whose credits include IFC's scripted series "The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman" and Oxygen's unscripted "Tori and Dean: Inn Love," has expanded its executive ranks with four appointments.
Industry veteran Tom Campbell has been named head of development, Chris Skura has been tapped head of production, Fred Paccone has been appointed COO and Tom Wolf has been promoted to chief technology officer.
WOW said the appointments are part of an effort to "meet the demands of its expanded television production output and new-media ventures."
WOW said it plans to make a "deeper commitment" to scripted projects. The company is developing the script for the tentatively titled "Pornopolis," a dramedy set in the adult entertainment industry, for IFC. On the unscripted side, WOW recently unveiled a development slate that includes "Allison Margolin: The Dopest Attorney in Town," "Jim J. Bullock: Beauty School Dropout" and "Jeffree Star."
The company's TV credits also include Bravo's "Million Dollar Listings," Sundance Channel's "One Punk Under God" and VH1's upcoming "What Perez Sez."
"Since we are creating new business models and expanding our brand, the time has come to put together a top-notch team to take WOW to the next level," co-founder Fenton Bailey said.
Bailey and co-founder Randy Barbato also praised their four new executives.
"Paccone has been a corporate leader for one of the most successful production companies in the business, and Campbell has an untouchable track record in development on both sides of the bargaining table," Barbato said.
"Additionally, Skura has a great acuity for emerging production models, and Wolf's expertise will help the company with our next ambitious online effort, wowtv.tv," the duo said.
Wowtv.tv is a new Internet initiative that allows users to create and brand their own broadband networks and sell content. It has 180 channels and 2,600 subscribers.
Before joining WOW, Paccone was senior vp finance at Paramount Pictures' Big Ticket Television. He also held a similar position at the Walt Disney Co. in television animation.
Campbell was a development executive at Warner Bros. Television, New Line Television, ABC and MTV. Before WOW, he was vp development at Evolution Film & Tape, where he oversaw such shows as Bravo's "Boy Meets Boy" and Court TV's "Beach Patrol."
Skura oversaw production at Kaos Entertainment, where he supervised 200 hours of television entertainment for series that aired on such networks as WE, the History Channel and TLC.
Wolf was WOW head of post productions and technology.