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Former Sony Pictures Television chairman Steve Mosko has landed at Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, where he will serve as chairman.
He succeeds Greg Basser, who co-founded VREG and Village Roadshow Pictures two decades ago. Bruce Berman, chairman-CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures, will report to Mosko.
Mosko’s arrival continues the evolution of VREG in the wake of Vine Alternative Investments and Falcon Investment Advisors taking a controlling interest in the company with the intent to increase its content offerings beyond film and expand its library. Mosko will report to VREG’s board of directors.
Mosko exited his position as chairman at Sony Pictures Television in June 2016 after a 24-year run that included shepherding such shows as Breaking Bad, Damages, Blacklist, The Shield and The Crown. At one point after leaving Sony, he was in talks to join Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8.
Mosko’s arrival at Village Roadshow signals that the company could be upping its presence in television. For years, Village Roadshow has focused on film production and financing, with strong ties to Warner Bros., including partnering on the Ocean’s Eleven and Matrix franchises, among numerous other well-known titles, such as the Sherlock Holmes films, Mad Max: Fury Road, American Sniper, Happy Feet and the more recent Ready Player One and Ocean’s Eight.
“Steve’s track record of success combined with his tenure in the industry and breadth of understanding of the current and future television landscape makes him the ideal executive to execute on our strategy and lead the company on a day-to-day basis,” Vine CEO and VREG chairman Jim Moore said Thursday in a statement.
Added Mosko: “It’s a great time to be in the content creation space, and Village Roadshow is the place to be. The company not only possesses the legacy of a great library, original IP and strong distribution relationships with partners such as Warner Bros., but also has the combined backing of Vine and Falcon who understand the commitment it takes to foster an environment where creative talent can thrive. I can’t wait to get started.”
Basser will remain a consultant to VREG as the company continues its growth strategy in China through Perfect Village Entertainment, its partnership with China’s Perfect World.
“I am extremely proud of what we have built at VREG over the past 20 years exemplified by this year’s release of Ocean’s 8, the 100th global release by the Company,” Basser said.
Village Roadshow Australia remains a significant investor and an important partner of Vine and Falcon in the execution of the company’s strategy.
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