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Rideback Rise Adds Producer Tracey Bing as Head of Content and Veteran Philanthropy Advisor Sabrina Pourmand as Executive Director

Dan Lin has found the leaders for his BIPOC-focused content accelerator. Rideback Rise has hired film producer Tracey Bing as the nonprofit’s head of content and former charity:water executive Sabrina Pourmand as founding executive director. “Tracey’s experience as a producer and executive and her eye for creative excellence make her the ideal leader to build […]

Imax China Hires CAA Executive Daniel Manwaring as CEO

Imax has named veteran Beijijng-based executive Daniel Manwaring CEO of its Imax China subsidiary. Manwaring, who has been based in China since 2006 and speaks fluent Mandarin, joins the giant screen exhibitor from CAA, where he spent the past decade, most recently leading the agency’s China Motion Pictures Group. He succeeds interim CEO Jiande Chen, […]

BBC Drama Exec Ben Irving Joins ‘Severance’ Producer Fifth Season

Fifth Season, the production and sales outfit formerly known as Endeavor Content, has named Ben Irving to the newly created position of creative director, UK Television. Irving, currently acting director of drama at the BBC, will shift over to Fifth Season in November. Fifth Season, hot off the success of its Emmy-winning Apple TV+ series […]

Eric Schrier, Craig Erwich, Shannon Ryan Promoted at Disney

Dana Walden, three months after taking over for Peter Rice atop Disney’s general entertainment division, is solidifying her executive team with three promotions. FX entertainment president Eric Schrier, president of content marketing at Hulu and general entertainment Shannon Ryan as well as ABC Entertainment and Hulu originals president Craig Erwich have all been elevated and […]

The Black List Promotes Kate Hagen, Megan Halpern to Senior VP (Exclusive)

Two longtime Black List staffers have received elevations that reflect the company’s own growth as a producer of content. Kate Hagen and Megan Halpern, who have both been with the company since April 2014, are now senior vice presidents. Together, they will shepherd the Black List’s film and TV slate, which includes the upcoming The […]

Color of Change Taps ABC News’ Kelle Rozell as Chief Marketing & Storytelling Officer (Exclusive)

Color of Change has hired Kelle Rozell to serve as its new chief marketing and storytelling officer, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. Rozell is coming from ABC News, where she was a marketing executive. During her career, she has created marketing campaigns for networks and record labels including A&E TV, truTV and Viceland, with […]

WarnerMedia Makes Key Content, Production Hires in Asia Ahead of HBO Max Launch

WarnerMedia has made three senior content hires in Asia to bolster its original productions teams in advance of the launch of HBO Max in the region later this year. At the company’s regional headquarters in Singapore, former Iflix executive Mark Francis has been appointed group lead of production and development for scripted and unscripted; and […]

UTA Taps Ketchum Exec Lindsay Wagner as Chief Diversity Officer

UTA has hired Ketchum executive Lindsay Wagner to serve as its first-ever chief diversity officer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. At the communications consulting firm, Wagner served as senior vice president and head of diversity, equity and inclusion, where her highlights included partnering with the HBCU Week Foundation and helping to establish parent company Omnicom’s […]

Variety Names Ramin Setoodeh and Cynthia Littleton as Co-Editors-in-Chief

Variety has named Ramin Setoodeh and Cynthia Littleton co-editors-in-chief. Setoodeh is set to move up from executive editor in the coming months and join Littleton in overseeing all editorial activities. Variety previously announced that Littleton would take on permanent co-EIC duties in 2022. The pair take over leadership of Variety from Claudia Eller, who will […]

Veteran Warner Bros. Executive Niija Kuykendall Joins Netflix to Lead New Film Group

Veteran Warner Bros. executive Niija Kuykendall has left the Burbank-based studio and joined Netflix in the streamer’s film division. Kuykendall will act as vp film and oversee a new features group focusing on midsized films. She will report to head of film Scott Stuber and joins film vps Tendo Nagenda, Ori Marmur and Kira Goldberg. […]

ARRAY Marks 10th Anniversary With Six Recent Exec Hires

Ava DuVernay’s arts and social impact collective ARRAY is marking its 10th anniversary by celebrating six recent additions, announced today by president Tilane Jones. Netflix original series executive Anne-Marie McGintee and Blumhouse director of physical production MJ Caballero have joined as vice president of scripted programming and physical production, respectively. Both report to ARRAY Filmworks […]

Urbanworld Foundation Taps Christine L. Mendoza as Executive Director

A day after Urbanworld Film Festival director and head of programming Gabrielle Glore bid farewell to the organization to focus on producing, the organization has announced a new addition. Former Film Society of Lincoln Center director of education Christine L. Mendoza is joining the Urbanworld Foundation as executive director, a newly created role. In addition […]