Platform One rebrands as Boat Rocker; CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh promoted

Katie OConnell-Marsh

LA-based Platform One Media is rebranding as Boat Rocker Studios, Scripted, following its acquisition by the Canadian company last year.

As part of the change, Platform One chairman and CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh has been promoted to vice-chair of Boat Rocker Studios.

O’Connell Marsh founded Platform One in 2017 having previously been behind Gaumont Television, which she also helped to launch.

In her new role, she will take lead on all scripted projects and work to attract more high-profile creators and talent, alongside the company’s existing first-look deals with actors including Dakota Johnson and Laura Dern.

Boat Rocker Media co-executive chairs Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier will meanwhile assume the additional roles of co-chairmen for Boat Rocker Studios, while Boat Rocker Media president Michel Pratte also becomes GM of the rebranded studio.

Under the Platform One name, the company has produced shows such as sci-fi series Invasion for Apple TV+ and Showtime drama Rust.

“By folding Platform One and Temple Street under Boat Rocker Studios, Scripted, we will streamline our scripted operations and continue to build a slate of dynamic shows that connect with audiences globally,” said O’Connell Marsh.

“It’s been really inspiring to work with Dave, Ivan and Michel and I look forward to our continued collaboration moving ahead.”

As part of the rebranding, Jay Peterson, co-founder & CEO of Boat Rocker-owned Matador Content and MD of Boat Rocker Studios, Unscripted, also becomes president of Boat Rocker Studios, Unscripted.

Todd Lubin, Matador co-founder and CCO will meanwhile take the top job at Matador and Jon Rutherford, MD of Boat Rocker Studios, Kids & Family, is upped to president of Boat Rocker Studios, Kids and Family.

Steve Lescroart, co-president of Platform One Media, is to become president of Boat Rocker Studios, Scripted.

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