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MRC Names Jenna Santoianni as President of TV Division

Jenna Santoianni has been named MRC’s new president of television, the studio said on Tuesday. In Santoianni’s new role, which comes after former president of television Elise Henderson’s exit, she will oversee MRC’s current programming, its full slate of development, joint ventures and production partnerships, as well as all of the television studio’s operational units, including […]

MRC Names Scott Tenley CEO

MRC — the studio behind titles like Ozark, Baby Driver and the first Knives Out film — has named a CEO in Scott Tenley, who previously served as the company’s chief business officer. In his role, Tenley will oversee the company’s film and TV divisions, as well as nonfiction and strategic partnerships, among other divisions. […]

Lionsgate Sets Release Date for Horror Comedy ‘The Blackening’

Tim Story’s The Blackening for Lionsgate has a release date. The Scream-like horror comedy about Black friends celebrating Juneteenth with a weekend getaway, only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin and at the mercy of a twisted killer, will be released widely in theaters on June 16, 2023, or Juneteenth weekend. Directed by Story […]

Finished Kanye “Ye” West Documentary Shelved by MRC

Film and television studio MRC is shelving a completed documentary focused on Kanye “Ye” West in light of the artist’s recent antisemitic comments. “This morning, after discussion with our filmmakers and distribution partners, we made the decision not to proceed with any distribution for our recently completed documentary about Kanye West,” CEOs Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu, […]

Kevin Spacey Seeks to Toss Out $31M ‘House of Cards’ Ruling

Kevin Spacey is seeking to toss out an arbitration ruling that he must pay House of Cards producer MRC nearly $31 million for alleged sexual misconduct behind the scenes of the Netflix political series. After MRC filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to confirm the arbitration award, Spacey’s attorneys have responded by urging […]

Ryan Seacrest Extends Tenure as ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Host and EP

Ryan Seacrest will keep hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for the foreseeable future. Seacrest has signed a multi-year extension of his deal to continue as host and executive producer of the annual ABC special, which is produced by MRC Live & Alternative. The extension will take Seacrest past the 20-year mark as host; […]

MRC Television Ups Mary Claire Manley to Senior VP Development

MRC Television has promoted Mary Claire Manley to senior vp development. Manley oversees several high-profile projects for the indie studio, including Apple TV+’s upcoming The Shrink Next Door, starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, and Amazon’s The Terminal List with Chris Pratt. In her new position, she’ll be responsible for finding and developing new material […]

MRC Names Kristin Robinson as Senior VP Communications, Promotes Emily Spence to CCO

MRC announced Friday that Kristin Robinson has been named senior vp, communications, with Emily Spence upped to chief communications officer. Reporting to Spence, Robinson will oversee external communications across the company’s growing portfolio of television, film, non-fiction and live & alternative. She will also work closely with Spence across internal and corporate communications, inclusive of […]

Dick Clark Productions President Amy Thurlow to Exit

Amy Thurlow will step down as president of Golden Globe Awards producer Dick Clark Productions at the end of June. Thurlow, who has been with DCP since 2014 and served as its president for the past year, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Her departure comes as Dick Clark Productions, which produces several […]