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Katie O’Connell Marsh has been named head of global live action television at DreamWorks Animation. Marsh moves to DWA from Gaumont International Television, where she was CEO and spearheaded the French group’s expansion into English-language drama with series including NBC’s Hannibal and, on Netflix, Hemlock Grove and Narcos.
In her new role, Marsh will oversee the expansion of DWA’s television business into live action. She will take over in January 2016 and will be based at the company’s Glendale headquarters.
DreamWorks Animation has a strong track record adapting its hit cartoon franchises for the small screen. Marsh’s job will be to move the DWA brand into live-action drama.
“Katie’s proven track record of developing hit live-action television programming, coupled with her success in quickly building television businesses from the ground up, makes her the perfect executive to lead us into this new genre,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, in a statement. “Television has quickly grown into one of our most successful businesses, and as the demand for kids and co-viewing content continues to rise, extending the DreamWorks Animation brand to live-action TV in a strategic and financially disciplined way will spur even further growth.”
DWA President Ann Daly said moving into live action would enable the company to “further capitalize on the evolving television landscape by creating new opportunities on both traditional and emerging platforms for our branded series,” as well as giving DWA “yet another creative lens with which to explore our library of rich storytelling and memorable characters that have resonated with audiences for the past two decades.”
Marsh exited her role at Gaumont earlier this year after a shakeup at the French group that saw the company consolidate its worldwide TV divisions under one banner and appoint Gene Stein to the position as president of Gaumont TV U.S.
Marsh built up Gaumont International Television, establishing the company as a major indie producer in the U.S. market. She previously served as an executive with NBC, where she rose to the position of evp drama programming. Prior to NBC, Marsh was evp development and current programming at Imagine Television, where she helped develop series such as Arrested Development and oversaw projects including 24.
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