Gaumont TV Shakeup: Katie O’Connell Out, Gene Stein In

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Gene Stein

The news was announced Monday by vice CEO of the company, Christophe Riandee.

Gaumont TV is the latest independent production company to undergo a shakeup.

The company announced Monday that it's consolidating all of its worldwide TV divisions under one banner, which will include LA-based Gaumont International Television, Paris-based Gaumont Television Europe and Paris-based Gaumont Animation. As part of the reorganization, veteran TV executive Gene Stein has been appointed president of Gaumont TV U.S. and current CEO Katie O’Connell will depart.

"Katie expressed an interest in closing her chapter at Gaumont and we are grateful for all of the success she brought to this division. We are very proud of HannibalHemlock Grove and Narcos that Katie shepherded from concept to screen," the company's Vice CEO Christophe Riandee said in a statement, adding of Stein: "Gene is the perfect person to lead our U.S. operations as we head into the next phase of our global growth."

Stein will be based in Los Angeles and will report directly to Riandee. He joins from Sonar Entertainment, where until last week he had served as CEO since May 2014. In that role, he’d been focused on upcoming series The Shannara Chronicles (MTV), South of Hell (WeTV) and Taboo (BBC/FX). Prior to Sonar, Stein spent six years as President of TV at BermanBraun.

The news comes on the heels of shakeups elsewhere in the increasingly challenged independent studio landscape. Among the moves: Sharon Hall left Alcon Entertainment (Syfy's The Expanse) earlier this summer, and Marc Rosen exited as CEO of Georgeville in August.