EXCLUSIVE: New Sony Pictures Television President Katherine Pope has made a number of hires and promotions as she continues to construct her government workforce.
Miller beforehand labored with Pope at Spectrum Originals as Head of Enterprise Affairs and Strategic Planning, and at Studio 8 as SVP, Enterprise & Authorized Affairs. Kurland was most lately Head of Enterprise Affairs at Quibi and has community/studio BA expertise from his stints at Fox Broadcasting Co., Twentieth Century Fox and NBC Common Tv.
The 2 succeed Karen Tatevosian, who exited as EVP and Head of BA in the executive shakeup on the studio final month when Pope made her first personnel strikes.
“Each are revered leaders, with a breadth of expertise throughout platforms, studios, worldwide co-productions, and short-form content material, and I couldn’t be extra assured that they may assist lead our studio right into a vibrant future,” Pope stated about Miller and Kurland in an inner memo asserting the staffing updates. (You’ll be able to learn it in full under.)
Lauren Grossman, who has been at SPT for 5 years, has been promoted to SVP, Expertise Relations and Publicity, succeeding Jennifer Solari, whose pending departure additionally was revealed final month.
As Deadline reported on the time, Marie Jacobson joined Jeffrey Glaser as Co-Head of Present Programming after SPT’s Gemstone label she was heading folded its slate into the bigger studio.
Pope additionally famous different current promotions, together with Frank Ochoa to VP, Head of Animation, Jackie Wertheimer to Supervisor in Comedy, Lisa Dracolakis to VP, Content material Insights, and Nicole Norwood to TriStar Tv. (Wayne Goldstein, Sony’s longtime Head of International Analysis, left final month within the government changeover.)
Nonetheless vacant are the highest posts in SPT’s comedy division following the departure of longtime head of comedy, EVP Glenn Adilman, and his No. 2, SVP Scott Landsman. Sony Pictures TV
Right here is Pope’s word:
As we head into the Vacation season, I needed to take a second to thanks for the time you’ve already shared with me and on your focus and dedication to creating our studio as robust as it may be. Whereas a few of this work has been difficult, there have been so many vibrant spots, and at present I needed to share some fairly thrilling adjustments in our group.
I’m very completely satisfied to announce our new Heads of Enterprise Affairs, Lauren Miller and Craig Kurland, who’re beginning at present. Each are revered leaders, with a breadth of expertise throughout platforms, studios, worldwide co-productions, and short-form content material, and I couldn’t be extra assured that they may assist lead our studio right into a vibrant future.
Lauren and Craig will work carefully with me, the BA workforce, the Artistic, Programming, and Manufacturing teams. They are going to be necessary strategic advisors to me, and the bigger teams throughout SPE, bringing their expertise and demanding pondering to bear on the problems going through all of us on this altering market. Having labored carefully with each of them through the years, I’ve seen what unimaginable collaborators they’re, and I do know they may convey that spirit to SPT, and to all of you.
Lauren joins us from Spectrum Originals, the place, as Head of Enterprise Affairs and Strategic Planning, she managed all tv enterprise affairs issues for Spectrum’s slate of premium scripted sequence. She labored throughout all studios, each within the U.S. and globally, to create bespoke templates that drove the programming basis for the brand new platform. Previous to that, she was SVP, Enterprise & Authorized Affairs at Studio 8, working throughout each movie and tv.
Craig was most lately Head of Enterprise Affairs at Quibi, the place he was a member of the corporate’s founding company management workforce. He created their revolutionary templates and shepherded studios throughout the enterprise into the short-form house in document pace. Previous to that, Craig was EVP of Enterprise Affairs at Fox Broadcasting Firm and likewise held management roles in Enterprise Affairs at Twentieth Century Fox and NBC Common Tv.
I additionally wish to formally announce that Lauren Grossman has been promoted to SVP, Expertise Relations and Publicity. Lauren will probably be directing all of our expertise and publicity efforts for the studio, with a watch on client press, awards, expertise outreach, and administration. She may even work carefully with Stacy Weitz and her workforce in making a cohesive press technique and messaging inside the bigger SPE framework. I do know all of us admire and worth Lauren’s professionalism, experience, and her unimaginable grace beneath stress. She has been a key member of the workforce since becoming a member of SPT almost 5 years in the past, and I do know we’re all cheering for her as she takes a much-deserved management function.
As a lot of you already know, Marie Jacobson has joined Jeffrey Glaser as Co-Head of Present Programming. Most lately, Marie created and brilliantly led our Gemstone group, and I do know her ardour and dedication will probably be invaluable to all of us as we redouble our sources towards our most beneficial asset – our exhibits.
I’d additionally like to acknowledge another lately introduced promotions throughout the studio. Frank Ochoa has been promoted to VP, Head of Animation and will probably be spearheading our rising animation enterprise in each comedy and drama. Frank’s devoted fandom is infectious, and I do know he’ll proceed to convey that power to this new function. Jackie Wertheimer has been promoted to Supervisor in Comedy. She has been important to the workforce since her arrival final yr, and she or he will probably be an necessary a part of the following thrilling chapter of workforce comedy. Moreover, we lately welcomed Lisa Dracolakis to SPT within the new function of VP, Content material Insights. She is expertly main many areas of insights innovation in our analysis group. And, simply final week, we welcomed Nicole Norwood to TriStar Tv. Nicole is a superb, versatile, and adventurous government, and we’re fortunate to have her at SPT.
As I take into consideration this new workforce, I can see how each considered one of us, working collectively, will make all of us extra profitable. We’re stronger as a corporation after we share our expertise, style and experience with one another and execute from this basis. Our companions, our expertise, our exhibits and our studio all profit from this collective power.
Let’s welcome Lauren, Craig, Lisa and Nicole. Let’s congratulate Lauren, Marie, Frank, and Jackie, and let’s get to work – collectively!