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Beau Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo., the banner behind San Andreas, Rampage, and the upcoming Disney movie, Jungle Cruise, has promoted Chanel Bowling and Shelby Thomas to directors of development.
In their new positions, Bowling and Thomas will be responsible for growing the company’s feature, series and PodFiction slate geared towards a global audience, while continuing to nurture emerging voices for all formats, according to the company.
“Chanel and Shelby have quickly ascended at FPC based on their incredible story instincts, hard work and strong relationships,” said Flynn in a statement. “Even during the pandemic, they continue to operate at the highest level, and have developed and set up new and exciting projects. They are future superstars of our industry.”
Bowling, who came to the company from Universal in spring 2019, has been responsible for shepherding one of the company’s largest piece of IP, pop culture icon Hello Kitty, set up at Warner Bros. and New Line. FlynnPictureCo. has a first look deal with the two divisions.
Other projects she is working on include Red Notice, the mega-budgeted action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot that Netflix will release later this year, as well as military exorcism thriller Incident at Fort Bragg, set up at Lionsgate. Prior to Universal, Bowling was one of the first employees at Verve, the agency known for its literary and animation talent.
Thomas joined FlynnPictureCo. in 2017 as an executive assistant to Flynn, while he was in production on Disney’s Jungle Cruise. She is now working on the company’s Johnson-starring Black Adam, based on the DC antihero, and sci-fi thriller Stillwater, set up at New Line.
Thomas is also steering the company’s newly-created slate of immersive PodFiction series. Those include the pioneer project Tomorrow’s Monsters, a sci-fi noir thriller starring John Boyega and Darren Criss, which recorded remotely in during pandemic. The podcast debuted this week on Apple and quickly rose to the top of the charts.
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