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Epix picks Heyday’s Cotton to replace ex-originals chief Diaz

Nancy Cotton is leaving Heyday Television to become executive VP of original programming at US cable channel Epix. Cotton is filling the gap left when Jocelyn Diaz left in January, a move that came after Michael Wright was named president. “I’ve known and had the pleasure of working with Nancy on many projects over the […]

Mark Burnett’s Contender boxes clever with Epix reboot

The Mark Burnett-created boxing reality series The Contender is returning to US television screens after almost a decade. MGM-owned premium cable channel Epix has commissioned a new run of the show, which has previously aired on NBC, ESPN and Versus (aka NBCSN). Epix is lining up a twelve-part season featuring 16 fighters, with production set […]

Epix programming chief exits

US premium cable network Epix is saying goodbye to its head of programming, Jocelyn Diaz. The exec is leaving the MGM-owned network just under two months after former TNT, Amblin Partners and DreamWorks Studios chief Michael Wright was named president. Former Disney exec Diaz has been with Epix since 2014, and is credited with its […]

Ex-Turner & Amblin chief to lead Epix

Former Turner and Amblin Partners chief Michael Wright has joined MGM’s US premium pay TV channel Epix as president. Wright (pictured) recently exited his role as CEO of Amblin Partners, the programming and film business Steven Spielberg launched with Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One. He is taking over Epix as it settles into […]

Spielberg takes the reins at Amblin as Wright exits

Michael Wright has stepped down as CEO of Amblin Partners, as chairman Steven Spielberg takes on the role. Wright is set to become executive producer on two films at the company. Jeff Small remains president and co-CEO and Spielberg will oversee operations. Amblin serves audiences via both TV and film. President of production Holly Bario, […]

Alibaba buys into Spielberg JV prodco

The entertainment arm of Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group has acquired a minority stake in Amblin Partners, the joint venture prodco in which Steven Spielberg and Entertainment One are partners. Alibaba Pictures will coproduce, market and distribute feature films as part of the agreement, and gets a seat on the Amblin Partners board. Film director Spielberg […]

Amblin Partners boss extends contract

Steven Spielberg’s new US content company, Amblin Partners, has extended CEO Michael Wright’s contract “for multiple years into the future”. This comes after Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One united to create film- and TV-focused Amblin Partners in December last year. Wright was at that time named CEO, having joined DreamWorks […]

Spielberg, eOne, Participant create Amblin Partners

Steven Spielberg, Entertainment One, Participant Media and Reliance Group have come together to create a content group, Amblin Partners. The new company will use director Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios, Amblin Television and Participant brands to create content for a wide range of audiences in TV and film. Under the Dome producer Amblin Television will become a […]

Ex-Fox chief Reilly lands Turner CCO role

Former Fox network chief Kevin Reilly has joined Turner Broadcasting System as president of cable nets TNT and TBS, and chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment. Reilly (pictured) exited his post as Fox entertainment chairman earlier this year, and was replaced by studio chiefs Dana Waldren and Gary Newman. He had said at the time […]

News brief: Turner’s Wright to lead DreamWorks Studio

Michael Wright, who is exiting his post as president of programming at Turner Broadcasting System’s entertainment channels, will take over at Steven Spielberg’s film studio DreamWorks. News broke this week Wright was exiting his programming job at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. He will now take up the CEO job at DreamWorks Studios to […]