Gene Stein

Gaumont preps modern Indian ‘King Lear’ adaptation

Narcos studio Gaumont is linking with Brahman Naman producer Dina Dattani to adapt a retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in modern-day India.  Released in August 2018, Preti Taneja’s (pictured) novel We That Are Young is a reimagining of the classic tale, which tells the story of a power struggle within a billionaire Indian family dynasty. The novel, which has received widespread critical acclaim, […]

Usual Suspects writer teams with Gaumont

The Usual Suspects screenwriter Chris McQuarrie has signed a first-look agreement with Narcos producer Gaumont. Under terms of the pact, McQuarrie will write, direct and produce “multiple” scripted dramas for Gaumont, which is based in LA and Paris. The first of these will be STL (WT), a TV drama adapted from Gaumont movie 36 Quai […]

Gaumont restructure continues

Gaumont has named Adam Fischbach as its new creative affairs boss as a restructure continues at the independent studio. Marketing boss Tim Farish, executive VP Sam Semon and distribution president Erik Pack have all recently left Gaumont, TBI understands, with Vanessa Shapiro coming in and now Fischback being upped. Maia Hollinger has also joined Gaumont […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part I

Drama’s prolonged period in the sun doesn’t seem like ending any time soon. In fact, it feels like it might go on longer than anyone could have predicted. In the US, there are near-on 70 cable channels commissioning shows, while Europe has seen an explosion of free and pay TV channels and producers coming together […]

David Ellender joins Sonar

David Ellender has joined Sonar Entertainment and will be president, global distribution at the LA-based producer and distributor. Ellender, the former boss of FremantleMedia’s commercial division, earlier this month exited Slingshot Global Media, the LA-based prodco he created in 2014. He will work across distribution in key territories as well as expanding coproduction initiatives at […]

Gaumont hires sales veteran for London role

French studio Gaumont has hired former Cineflix Rights acquisitions chief Nikki Andrews as vice president, distribution. In the newly-created role, Andrews will sell Gaumont’s kids content in North America and western Europe, and sell the wider Gaumont Television line-up of shows into the Benelux region. Gaumont’s kids titles include Calimero (pictured) and Belle and Sebastian and […]

Sonar’s Stein joins Gaumont as CEO exits

It has emerged Gene Stein exited Sonar Entertainment last week to join rival LA studio Gaumont, which is consolidating its television assets under one brand. Stein (left) has been named president of the new unit, Gaumont Television US, with current Gaumont International Television CEO Katie O’Connell (below right) leaving the restructuring business. Gaumon Television US […]

Sonar hires programming SVP

Sonar Entertainment has recruited Tom Patricia as senior VP, limited series, miniseries and movies. Patricia has been consulting for Lionsgate, overseeing the indie studio’s long-form TV development. He was a producer on Lionsgate’s miniseries adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby In the newly-created role at Sonar, he will work across Sonar’s development and production slate. Before Lionsgate, […]

Sonar hires Gene Stein to replace Stewart Till

Producer and distributor Sonar Entertainment has recruited former BermanBraun president Gene Stein as its new CEO, replacing Stewart Till who has been in the role since 2012. Before joining BermanBraun in 2008, Stein worked with producer Nina Wass and based at Touchstone Television/ABC Studios for eight years. He has also written episodes of series including […]

BermanBraun becomes Whalerock as TV chief exits

US producer BermanBraun has rebranded as Whalerock Industries and restructured its film and TV divisions following the departure of one of the founders. Gail Berman exited the company in January, as TBI reported at the time, and remaining company co-founder Lloyd Braun has now reorangised the 150-person company. This will see television president Gene Stein […]