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Andrew Essex is stepping down as CEO of Tribeca Enterprises, with Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca’s executive chair and co-founder, taking on the role of interim CEO.
Rosenthal on Tuesday informed the Tribeca staff that Essex, who was named CEO in January 2016, will move into an advisory role through the end of the year. She added that she and Paula Weinstein, Tribeca’s executive vice president, will continue to oversee the creative areas and programming at Tribeca.
Based in New York City, Tribeca Enterprises is the media company founded by Robert De Niro, Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2003 around the Tribeca Film Festival, which the trio launched in 2002 to bring life back to lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11. It has since expanded to include Tribeca Cinemas and the Tribeca Film distribution initiative and has also established a partnership with the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. Last month, it also launched the inaugural Tribeca TV Festival.
Prior to joining Tribeca, Essex was founder and CEO of creative agency Droga5.
In announcing his departure, Essex said, “After two years of working with an amazingly talented team to help transform Tribeca Enterprises, I believe we have accomplished what we set out to do: The festival is thriving, partnerships have grown exponentially (with some of the biggest brands on earth joining us) and our award-winning content business is booming. Given all this success, I have decided that the time has come to relinquish my day-to-day responsibilities but will remain an advisor and friend to this prestigious cultural landmark. I’m delighted to stay as part of the family and look forward to seeing the company ascend to even greater heights.”
“Andrew has brought a new perspective, diligence and organization expertise to the company,” Rosenthal said of his contributions.
Rosenthal’s memo to the Tribeca staff is below.
Dear Team Tribeca,
Bob and I wanted to let you all know that Andrew Essex is leaving his position as CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and, starting today, will transition into an advisor role. I will serve as interim CEO, and continue as executive chair of Tribeca.
For the past 18 months, Andrew has worked with me and our senior leadership to lead our amazingly talented Tribeca team charged with overseeing the business side of our operations. Partnerships has grown exponentially and our award-winning Tribeca Studios content business has continued to thrive. Andrew has brought a new perspective, diligence and organizational expertise to the Company. I am grateful for his dedication to Tribeca and for the dedication of our strong partnership and business teams, which have played an integral part in the success of Tribeca over the years.
Paula Weinstein and I will continue to oversee the creative areas and programming of Tribeca, providing exceptional programs for storytellers and audiences alike. Tribeca TV Festival successfully launched to sold-out audiences, trended on Twitter, live streamed on Facebook and featured everyone from Oprah and Trevor Noah to the cast of Will & Grace, who hosted a surprise premiere of their show. We could not have met that success without each and every one of you.
Over the last few years, Tribeca Studios has been one of the top creators of original storytelling for brands. The team has produced work with partners such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Heineken, Prudential, Bai, TUMI and more. The work from Tribeca Studios is important to us in an age where everything is content but good stories are paramount.
As we turn our attention to the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and look to build on last year’s film, TV, talks, online work and gaming successes, I know our incredible team will again deliver the best Festival program and experience.
Please join me in thanking Andrew. We look forward to continuing to work with him as an advisor.
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