Netflix PR Chief Karen Barragan Departs for Blumhouse

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At Netflix, Barragan was vp publicity for original series and helped put the streamer's programming efforts on the map.

Longtime Netflix PR chief Karen Barragan is departing the streamer for Blumhouse Productions, where she is taking over duties from Teri Everett as head of marketing and communications. Barragan will oversee both the film and TV divisions at Blumhouse.

"Karen has been a pioneering and well-respected leader at one of the the most innovative and successful media companies in history," Blumhouse founder and CEO Jason Blum said Thursday in a statement. "We are thrilled she is joining the Blumhouse team to help bolster our global brand and generate even greater anticipation and awareness for the incredible films and TV series we are producing."

At Netflix, Barragan was vp publicity for original series, including House of Cards, which helped to put the streamer's programming efforts on the map. She joined Netflix in 2012 as the first publicity executive on the communications team. Prior to that, Barragan spent eight years at Sony Pictures Television as vp talent and media relations for the studio behind Breaking Bad, Justified and The Shield, among others.

"Blumhouse is bold and fearless. I'm intrigued by the ambitious vision set out by Jason and his team and looking forward to working across film and television in this role," said Barragan. "I take immense pride in all that the global publicity team accomplished during my tenure at Netflix and am forever indebted to Ted [Sarandos] and Cindy [Holland] for their support. It's been an incredible ride, and I reveled in every second of it."

Blumhouse is the home of numerous horror hits, including Get Out and the recent Halloween revival, as well as BlacKkKlansman and television series such as Sharp Objects. The independent studio has at least seven theatrical releases expected in 2019 and is quickly growing its TV unit.

Everett, a veteran film executive, has helmed PR for Blumhouse for several years. She previously held top posts at Universal Pictures and News Corp. She will be leaving Blumhouse at the end of January.

"Teri has been a terrific partner and has played an invaluable role in the ongoing growth of Blumhouse," commented Blum. "At the same time, I appreciate that she wants to do something completely different at this point in her life."