‘Ginny & Georgia’ EP Holly A Hines & ex-MPCA COO Eric Jarboe launch Happy Accidents

L-R: Holly A Hines & Eric Jarboe (Source: Happy Accidents)

Spotify and Fremantle alum Holly A Hines and former MPCA (Motion Picture Corporation of America) COO Eric Jarboe have launched a new film and TV studio, Happy Accidents.

The LA-based firm will specialise in the production and distribution of films, scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and formats. The studio will work with international partners to develop, finance, and produce high-end original content, and will distribute owned and third-party content globally.

The company is attending MIPTV this week to presents its inaugural slate, having taken international rights to Canada’s Syrup Studios’ programming, including Christmas movies and mysteries for sales outside of North America.

The studio has also picked up international distribution rights to a slate of non-scripted finished tape and formats from Jenny Daly’s Critical Content, including Catfish and Cheap Old House, and the format and finished tape of Storage Hunters and gameshow A Wicked Offer.

The firm has also hired Sarah Coursey as SVP of international content, joining from GRB Studios, where she oversaw global co-productions, sales and acquisitions; and former Eyeworks distribution and IM Global developer Tyler Massey as SVP of global content.

As co-CEOs of the studio, Hines and Jarboe will manage all creative and financial aspects of the company and its production slate.

Hines is the executive producer of Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia and has previously produced shows including NBC’s The Office, ABC’s Ugly Betty and Showtime’s The Tudors.

She was also behind the first US/Australian co-production Please Like Me, as well as Fortitude for Pivot in the US and Sky in the UK. Previously she has served as the head of network development for Spotify Studios and has had stints at Pivot and Fremantle North America.

Hines serves as co-founder and co-CEO alongside Jarboe, who produced over 130 films and 125 episodes of scripted television during his time as COO of MPCA.

His production credits include Netflix’s first original Christmas films and Mariah Carey and Courtney Cox’s directorial debuts, and he has developed projects with ITV, The Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, Peacock, Amazon/Freevee, GAC, and Sony Television.

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