MarVista Entertainment


MarVista hires Playster exec as distribution director

MarVista Entertainment has hired Playster’s content acquisitions executive Michol Hatwan as its new director of distribution, as it expands its business across distribution and marketing. Hatwan will be responsible for sales in the US and Canada and report to Jody CiPriano, head of global distribution at MarVista. At Playster, the all-in-one entertainment subscription service, Hatwan […]

France Télévisions, MarVista execs join Gaumont

Narcos studio Gaumont has hired execs from France Télévisions and MarVista Entertainment as it expands its sales offices in Paris and LA. Cecilia Rossignol, Robby Amar, Cherie Johnson and Rebekah Zarbarsky have all joined the company, moves that follow the hire of MarVista’s Vanessa Shapiro as sales chief earlier this year. Rossignol (right) joins from […]

New Lat Am vendor to shop Gaumont shows

A new Latin America-focused distribution company has landed regional rights to Gaumont’s scripted drama and animation programming. EO Distribution had become Gaumont’s exclusive sales agent for Latin America following the deal, which covers series such as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove and The Frozen Dead. Also on the slate will be France 2’s crime procedural The Art […]

Gaumont hires MarVista sales chief

Narcos producer Gaumont Television has hired MarVista Entertainment’s long-serving sales chief, Vanessa Shapiro, as president of worldwide distribution. Shapiro (pictured) will split her time between LA and Paris, and report to Gaumont vice CEO Christophe Riandee. She will also work closely with Gaumont’s US president, Gene Stein; Gaumont Animation president Nicolas Atlan; and senor VP, […]

Fox Networks Asia expands family film slate

Fox Networks Group has bought four family movies to be aired on its Asian networks. Fox has acquired Jessica Darling’s It List (pictured), Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket, Raising the Bar and The Soccer Nanny from LA-based MarVista Entertainment for its Fox Family Movies channels across the region. Produced by MarVista, Jessica Darling’s […]

News brief: MarVista attains Osiris movie library

LA’s Marvista Entertainment has acquired international distribution rights to Osiris Entertainment’s 66-title movie library. Key titles in the deal include the Michael Madsen vehicle Along the Roadside, emotional drama The Kill Hole (pictured), horror The Lake on Clinton Road and comedy Hollywood Trash. “Buyer demand for movies across all genres continues to grow around the […]

Marvista bringing CBS series to market

Marvista Entertainment has sealed a deal with Litton Entertainment and will launch its upcoming CBS drama The Inspectors at the market. The 22x30mins series launches on CBS on October 3, just ahead of MIPCOM, and follows a crime solving mother and son. The teenage son is a genius who was paralysed in a car accident […]

Show of the Week: A Deadly Adoption

The fact A Deadly Adoption has already sold into many key territories without having launched at MIPTV is testament to the attention the telemovie is driving. That many viewers and journalists can’t quite pick if it’s a spoof of the Lifetime TV movie genre or a straight attempt has worked in its favour, garnering good […]

Marvista hires Real Housewives producer

US-based producer-distributor Marvista Entertainment has hired a former senior producer from the Real Housewives Larry Grimaldi has been named VP, development and production, and will report to executive VP, development and production Robyn Snyder. Grimaldi is best known as a producer on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Real Housewives of Orange County. As an […]

Broadcasters buy A Deadly Adoption

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 and France’s TF1 are among the buyers of  A Deadly Adoption, the Will Ferrell and Kristen Wigg spoof TV movie. Ferrell stars in and produced the TV movie, which will go out on Channel 5 next month. In the US it bowed on Lifetime last Saturday, winning 2.1 viewers for […]