Sonar Entertainment

Sonar Entertainment names CEO as Tom Lesinski steps down

Sonar Entertainment, the US-based producer behind AT&T series Mr Mercedes and Amazon drama The Hunt, has promoted David Ellender to become CEO, with incumbent Tom Lesinski stepping down. Ellender has been president of global distribution and co-productions at Sonar since 2016, leading international sales and working on shows such as Tom Hardy-fronted Taboo and The […]

Sonar partners with Felipe Esparza for comedy-travel series

Sonar Entertainment is developing a new comedy-travel series with comedia Felipe Esparza based on making bad decisions along the US/Mexico border. Crossing Over – Bad Decisions Along the Border sees Esparza tackle the debate around ‘The Wall”, where the Mexico/US border lies, and give it a comedic twist. In this multi-part series, Esparza and his […]

ITVS America taps Sonar veteran for operations

ITV Studios America has hired Sonar’s CFO and executive VP of strategy Peter Keramidas as executive VP of operations, strategy and business development. Keramidas will report to Phillippe Maigret, president at ITV Studios America. The exec has held multiple senior positions with leading entertainment companies, as well as running his own consulting practice advising on […]

The Fifth Beatle signs up to Bravo

US cable net Bravo is tuning up for limited event series The Fifth Beatle. The project is based on Tony Award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, exploring the complicated personal life of The Beatle’s manager, who helped the foursome reach international stardom. Bravo will work with Universal […]

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

Gorfolova joins Sonar after Tricon deal

Andrea Gorfolova is joining LA’s Sonar Entertainment after the prodco completed its acquisition of Tricon Films & Television’s programming library. Tricon founder Gorfolova has been finding a home for the programming library after the LA- and Toronto-based firm she founded went into administration in December 2016. Sonar has bought about 1,500 hours. She and other […]

LA’s Sonar acquiring Tricon assets

Sonar Entertainment is to buy Tricon Film & Television’s programming library and certain production assets. A deal has been in the works for some time, with Canadian courts allowing a deadline for a deal to be extended as terms were worked out. The Tricon library comprises a total of around 3,000 hours in genres ranging from […]

Deal Round-up: Taboo attracts global networks

A number of broadcasters have acquired rights to Tom Hardy drama Taboo from US-based independent prodco Sonar Entertainment. Viasat’s TV1000 from the Russian/CIS territory bought rights to the eight part historical drama. It was also picked up by HBO in Spain, the Nordics and eastern Europe, Fox Networks Group Latin America, AMC in Portugal, Digiturk in […]

Sonar pacts with Robert Downey Jr.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. will create scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms through a pact with LA producer sonar Entertainment. His indie prodco, Team Downey, which he operates with wife Susan Downey, is already working on Singularity, a series starring Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club). Downey Jr. created the series and […]

Ex-Sonar exec Zuccarelli returns to GRB

Marielle Zuccarelli has left Sonar Entertainment and rejoined GRB Entertainment. She will be COO at GRB, the producer and distributor she was at between 2003-2012, running sales. In addition to overseeing development, distribution and acquisitions at GRB, Zuccarelli will also launch a new branded entertainment division at the company. Longtime GRB exec Michael Branton will […]

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