Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners Hires Christina Leotis as CFO

Courtesy of Amblin Partners

The former L.A. Clippers exec replaces Lyndsay Harding as finance chief of the director's company.

Christina Leotis has been named CFO of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners.

She replaces Lyndsay Harding, who earlier left Amblin to become CFO at the UTA talent agency. Leotis' hire also follows news late last year that Michael Wright would step down as CEO of Amblin, with Spielberg, who is chairman of his company, taking over as chief exec as part of a management shakeup.

Leotis comes to Amblin from the Los Angeles Clippers pro basketball team, where she served as CFO, and will report to Jeff Small, president and co-CEO. "At a time when change is the new normal and disrupters are mainstream, we need a seasoned executive such as Chris, who has the proven financial track record and discipline necessary to our future success," Small said in a statement.

Before joining the Clippers, Leotis completed executive stints at Fox Networks Group, Concord Music and Otter Media. She started her career at Bain & Co., followed by a position at Goldman Sachs. She then moved to Los Angeles and became a member of the acquisitions team at Colony Capital.

Amblin, led by Spielberg, develops and produces films under the Amblin, DreamWorks and Participant Media banners, and includes Amblin TV.

The company’s investment partners include Participant, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Pictures.