Pavone named exec vp of WWE Studios

To head theatrical, direct-to-DVD, TV series and reality

NEW YORK -- World Wrestling Entertainment has named Mike Pavone to the post of executive vp of WWE Studios. He takes over for Mike Lake, who has left WWE to pursue other opportunities, a spokeswoman said.

Pavone will lead WWE Studios' theatrical releases, direct-to-DVD movies, series and reality programming and report directly to WWE chairman Vince McMahon.

With more than 18 years of experience in the film and TV industry, Pavone has since 2008 worked as a strategic consultant to WWE's creative writing department, collaborating on the company's TV programs "Monday Night Raw" and "Friday Night SmackDown."

He has worked on such TV fare as "Prison Break," "Jack & Jill" and "Street Time," as well as film projects like "Northmen" and "Seven Men from Now."

"Mike brings a great combination of both filmed entertainment and television experience to his new role," said McMahon. "We are confident that he can expand the breadth and depth of opportunities for WWE Studios."
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