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Legendary names Josh Grode new CEO

Netflix original Love

Legendary Entertainment has named Josh Grode as its new CEO almost a year after the exit of its former chief and founder Thomas Tull.

Grode was formerly at the law firm Irell & Manella, where he advised Legendary for years as well as other media businesses such as Lionsgate and Marvel.

He inherits the group after Tull departed this January after selling his business to Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group (Dalian Wanda).

Jack Gao, senior VP of Wanda Group and CEO of international investments and operations at Wanda Cultural Industry Group, has been the interim chief since, but exited in October.

Wanda acquired Legendary in 2016 for US$3.5 billion. The media company has produced shows such as Netflix’s Love (pictured), Lost in Space and ABC’s Downward Dog.

Legendary also works on a range of films including Pacific Rim: Uprising, Kong: Skull Island and The Great Wall.