Stephen to lead reorganization of Mandalay TV


Following Cathy Schulman coming aboard Mandalay Entertainment as president of its film division, the company said Tuesday that veteran executive Elizabeth Stephen will focus all efforts into her new role as head of Mandalay Television and that she has expanded the TV division with the hiring of two executives, Robin Budd and David Levine.

The reorganization will see Stephen taking on the title of president of Mandalay Television. Stephen, who joined the company in 2000 as president of Mandalay Television Pictures, previously divided her time between feature films and TV. Schulman, the Oscar-winning producer of "Crash," was named president of Mandalay Pictures and head of the new label Mandalay Independent in January.

Stephen already has set up projects at Showtime, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television and Oxygen, with such talent as Peter Noah ("The West Wing"); Andrew Wagner, whose film "Starting Out in the Evening" won the Audience Award at January's Sundance Film Festival; New York Times Magazine investigative journalist Peter Landesman ("Who Killed Daniel Pearl"); Alan Sharp ("Rob Roy"); Robert Murphy ("Meadowlands"); Mike Robe ("Montana Sky"); and Andrew Barrett ("Sleeper Cell"). No further details were given on any of the projects.

Meanwhile, Budd has been named senior vp at Mandalay TV, while Levine was named vp. Budd joins from the Bedford Falls Co., where she oversaw all feature and TV projects from 2000-06. Levine was head of production and development at Fox TV Studios-based Fuse Entertainment, overseeing series like USA's upcoming "Burn Notice."

"With the addition of Robin and David, I am excited about the year ahead," Stephen said. "We are committed to bringing unique voices and provocative material to television (and) to work hand in hand with the best talent to create signature shows."

In addition, Mandalay TV has just gone into production on the second season of the Showtime series "Brotherhood," which was just named a recipient of the Peabody Award. It also saw solid viewership figures on four movies for Lifetime based on Nora Roberts novels.

Mandalay also has a strategic major investment in Mandalay Mosaic, which owns the Dick Clark Co., leading to the production of such awards shows as the Golden Globes and the American Music Awards.