IDW Entertainment & Sony alum to lead new US distribution & production outfit Strong Studios

David Ozer, the former CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE)’s Landmark Studio Group, has been appointed as president of a new New York-based production and distribution firm backed by US screen manufacturer Ballantyne Strong. Strong Studios, which will operate as part of the company’s Strong Entertainment division, will develop and produce original […]

Sonar appoints former BBC Studios, MGM executives

US-based Sonar Entertainment has appointed former BBC Studios and MGM executives to work across the company’s production and business affairs divisions. Matt Loze will serve as exec VP of development and production, leading Sonar’s scripted division and overseeing its slate of current productions as well as the development of new content and first-look deals. Prior […]

Sonar links with Monkeypaw

US producer and distributor Sonar has inked a first-look deal with Monkeypaw Productions. The deal gives Sonar the option to work with Monkeypaw on upcoming TV and digital projects, and to distribute its content internationally. Monkeypaw is the US producer set up by comedian, actor and director Jordan Peele in 2012. It made the Key […]

Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

Comic books firm IDW moves into TV with V-Wars

Comic book publisher IDW has created a new TV division and agreed a deal with talent agency-come-producer, and The Walking Dead exec producers, Circle of Confusion. IDW has brought on industry veteran and former Sonar, Starz and DIC executive David Ozer (pictured) to run the new IDW Entertainment unit. The publisher said that it will […]