EXCLUSIVE: Endemol Shine North America is shaking up its executive ranks in licensing and brand partnerships. Veteran licensing executive Amber Sheppo has been named its new SVP Licensing. In her new role, Sheppo will be responsible for the development of creative licensing partnerships and live events, while overseeing product development around the company's non-scripted and scripted series in North America. Sheppo will also work closely with Endemol Shine Group's Brand Licensing team to develop licensing opportunities for the company's top series globally.
Sheppo takes over the role previously held by Tamaya Petteway, who has served as the studio's SVP of Brand and Licensing Partnerships since June 2015.
Petteway will now serve as Senior Vice President, Brand Partnerships, where she will be primarily focused on the studio's expanding brand partnerships efforts for Endemol Shine North America series such as MasterChef and MasterChef Junior on Fox, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on HGTV, The Biggest Loser on USA, Deal or No Deal on CNBC and Fox’s LEGO Masters.
“Amber brings a weh of licensing experience from across the TV industry to our team here at Endemol Shine North America,” says Ben Samek, President & Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine North America. “In her new role, Amber will not only be leading all of our licensing development and partnerships here in North America, but she'll also be working closely with the team at our parent company Endemol Shine Group looking to create global licensing partnerships across all of our top series.”
Prior to joining Endemol Shine North America, Sheppo served as Vice President, International Licensing at 20th Century Fox, where she built international consumer products programs across Fox's top film and TV titles including The Simpsons, as well as classic's such as Romeo & Juliet and The Devil Wears Prada.
Previously Sheppo served as Senior Director, International Consumer Products & Marketing for Saban Brands, spearheading the international licensing business for the company. Before joining Saban, Sheppo held various positions in marketing at Cookie Jar Entertainment and Nelvana Entertainment. She got her start working in programming and scheduling strategy at Kids' WB! for popular hits such as Pokemon, Batman Beyond, Pinky & the Brain and Jackie Chan Adventures.
Jane Smith, Group Director, Brand Licensing & Gaming, Endemol Shine Group, said, “Bringing Amber into the team underlines our commitment to building a truly global brand licensing business across our great IP portfolio. We have a strong network of licensing teams across the world and by working ever more closely together can unlock further value and opportunities for our brands. Amber will be a key member of this team, bringing experience and insight of both the U.S. and international markets to our business.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the Endemol Shine family,” Sheppo said. “I am looking forward to extending the reach of the many beloved scripted and non-scripted programs in our portfolio through unique products and experiences, as well as working with our talented teams around the world to build a truly global licensing division.”
Petteway, who has served as Endemol Shine North America's Senior Vice President of Brand and Licensing Partnerships for the last four years, has developed numerous successful partnerships across both disciplines for the studio.
On the licensing front, Petteway helped make MasterChef and MasterChef Junior two of the most successful brands in the industry—launching such initiatives as the upcoming MasterChef Junior Live Tour with TCG Entertainment and Camp MasterChef with Campus Cerdanya.
Petteway has also created numerous brand partnerships across the studio's top series, including integrating clients into MasterChef and MasterChef Junior Fox, MasterChef Latino Telemundo, MasterChef Mexico Azteca, Deal or No Deal CNBC, Page Six TV Syndication, Family Food Fight ABC, as well as upcoming series The Biggest Loser USA and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition HGTV.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine North America, Petteway served as Vice President, Partnership Marketing and Development at Universal Music Group. Before that, Petteway spent eight years at CORE Media's 19 Entertainment, including her last role as Vice President, Brand Partnerships.
Samek added, “We have had a lot of success developing meaningful partnerships with major brands across many of our shows and we're thrilled that Tamaya will continue leading our expanded efforts in this space going forward.”
Petteway added, “I am incredibly proud of the outstanding breadth of licensing programs our team has developed and successfully launched under my leadership, and now with Amber's expertise and skill set at the helm, I look forward to seeing that success continue. And, with many new and returning series like 'Extreme Makeover' and 'The Biggest Loser' generating significant buzz and attracting attention from top consumer brands, I'm excited to focus my efforts on growing our brand partnerships team, developing compelling brand programs and generating additional revenues for the company.”
Currently in theaters with the Ron Howard-directed documentary Pavarotti, Imagine Documentaries has formed an exclusive partnership with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation to create a definitive feature documentary on the beloved and iconic jazz musician and entertainer. Imagine Documentaries President Justin Wilkes forged a deal that brings access to hundreds of hours of audio recordings, film footage, photographs, personal diaries and a life's worth of memorabilia for exclusive use in the first significant documentary dedicated entirely to his life. In addition to Louis' prolific music and film career, Louis was an avid biographer and kept an almost daily audio diary from the early 1950's until the day he passed in 1971. He did it all on reel-to-reel tape recordings and all organized meticulously “for posterity” by “Pops” himself.
“I find it difficult to imagine a voice more globally recognized than that of Louis Armstrong,” Wilkes said. “And yet, the story behind the voice; of the music, the man, and the impact he had on our world have never been fully recognized on film. As the song goes, we're honored to bring him 'back to where he belongs.'”
Widely known as the Promethean genius of modern American music teaching the world the language of jazz as its greatest singer and instrumentalist, Louis was an imaginative, insightful and industrious artist and entertainer of such depth and irresistible magnetism that he charted a number one record in 1964, temporarily interrupting the British Invasion and knocking The Beatles off the top of the charts, some 41 years after his groundbreaking recordings with his mentor Joe “King” Oliver. Offstage he was witty, introspective, but had an explosive temper. His larger-than-life and conventionally softened stage personality was much tougher and sharp-edged than his fans ever knew, understandable given how his rise had much to do with overcoming racism.
“This is a perfect time to remind the world of the power, depth and beauty in Louis Armstrong's music and story, especially as we celebrate fifty years of Armstrong's generosity in establishing the Foundation,” said Stanley Crouch, President of The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. “He was born in poverty in one of the roughest neighborhoods in New Orleans, Louisiana. Absorbing the multilayered music and culture of that fascinating place and time, he went on to heal and educate the country and world with the depth of his playing, singing and undying belief in the value of our common humanity. The life and times, trials, tribulations and triumphs of Louis Armstrong still has much to show the world. He is an iconic genius whose rich musical, social and philosophical insights are timeless.”
Production begins this fall.
Hatched by Howard and his Imagine partner Brian Grazer, Imagine Documentaries' has broadened a slate that includes the Bryce Dallas Howard documentary Dads, the Ron Howard directed documentary Rebuilding Paradise for National Geographic Documentary Films, a documentary about 13-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade for ESPN Films, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, which opens the Toronto Film Festival next month, and the docu-series She The People with Sarah Jones, for CNN. The division recently teamed up with Apple to produce a slate of feature documentaries and docuseries, under an exclusive, first-look deal.
strong>EXCLUSIVE: Oscar and Golden Globe nominated, and Primetime Emmy winning Rob Reiner is now a client of ICM Partners.
As a filmmaker, he’s behind such Oscar-winning pics as Misery –which launched Kathy Bates as tour-de-force actress out of the gate, landing an Oscar win off her first nomination–and has been behind such blockbuster classics as When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, and A Few Good Men, which notched for Oscar noms including Reiner with a Best Picture nod. Reiner’s cult classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap recently celebrated its 35th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In total Reiner is a two-time Emmy winner and five-time nominee, an Oscar Nominee, a nine-time Golden Globe Nominee, and a three-time DGA Nominee.
In 1987, Reiner co-founded the studio Castle Rock Entertainment, which produced hits above, as well as his Michael Douglas-Annette Bening screwball comedy The American President, the courtroom drama Ghosts of Mississippi, and the uplifting comedy The Bucket List, as well as the hit NBC comedy series Seinfeld.
Reiner’s acting career launched out of a cannon in the CBS/Norman Lear sitcom, All In The Family, winning two Emmy Awards and earning five Golden Globe nominations, on which he played Michael Stivic, or as Archie Bunker called him “Meathead”. Reiner’s acting resume includes such pics as Throw Momma From the Train, Sleepless in Seattle, Bullets Over Broadway, The First Wives Club, Primary Colors, EDtv, The Wolf of Wall Street and the Fox TV series The New Girl.
strong>EXCLUSIVE: Lara Pulver Sherlock has signed with ICM Partners for representation. Additionally the Oliver Award-winning actress has booked a recurring role opposite Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans on TNT's upcoming The Angel of Darkness, a limited series based on the sequel to author Caleb Carr's best-selling The Alienist. em>The Alienist's lead cast, including Brühl Rush, Evans The Girl on the Train and Dakota Fanning American Pastoral, will return for The Angel of Darkness with a new storyline that finds Sara Howard Fanning, who has opened her own private detective agency, enlisting the help of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler Brühl and John Moore Evans to hunt down an elusive killer.
Pulver will play Karen, who meets the gang at John's Evans engagement party. She is an alienist and an expert in her field. She and Laszlo Brühl form a special professional connection.
Pulver is best known for known for her work on stage, most notably the West End production of Gypsy, for which she won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Louise, opposite Imelda Staunton. She was also nominated for an Olivier in 2008 for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Lucille Frank in the Donmar Warehouse production of Parade directed by Rob Ashford.
On television, Pulver co-starred in Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons and previously received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for her role as Irene Adler in the Emmy-nominated episode of Sherlock titled “A Scandal in Belgravia.” Other recent television credits include The City and The City, directed by Tom Shankland and Amazon's Electric Dreams: Real Life.
On the feature side, Pulver has appeared in films such as Edge of Tomorrow, MI-5, A Patch of Fog and Underworld: Blood Wars.
She continues to be managed by Independent in the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: CAPE Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment has launched it its third annual CAPE Leaders Fellowship, a signature program to propel junior executives to the senior ranks and has unveiled its industry executive partners.
The class of the 2019 CAPE Leaders Fellowship Courtesy of CAPE
The program continues CAPE’s push for inclusion and focuses on the gatekeepers and executives who have the power to greenlight projects. The fellowship is cut from the same cloth as the CAPE New Writers Fellowship as it equips the next generation of creative executives with the skills and professional network to break into the VP ranks and beyond. Throughout August, Fellows will participate in evening sessions, intimate breakfasts, networking mixers, and one-on-one mentoring sessions with high-level industry executives.
”If we want to change the stories we see on screen, we must focus on the decision-makers,” said CAPE Executive Director Michelle K. Sugihara. “By investing in these talented junior executives today, we are strengthening the ecosystem for a more inclusive tomorrow.”
The 2019 Fellows can be read below.
Courtney Mock is a So Cal native stepping into a new role as Director of Television at Lionsgate TV. Previously at Tomorrow Studios, Courtney worked on the shows Hanna, Good Behavior and Aquarius. She got her start as a drama development intern at ABC, and then as an assistant at Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey's Temple Hill. Courtney is a graduate of Chapman University where she earned a BFA in Television.
Hugh Huynh is a Manager of Current Programming at CBS Entertainment. Before joining CBS, he received his MFA in Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and BA in English Literature at UC Berkeley. His previous work experience includes CAA, Sundance Institute, and Nickelodeon Animation Studios.
Janice Park is the Manager of Development at Made Up Stories, Bruna Papandrea's development, production and finance company based in LA and Sydney which will soon release Jennifer Kent’s period feature The Nightingale and Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong’o. She got her break as assistant to Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum after which she joined UTA's Independent Film Group where she worked on films before transitioning to the agency's TV Literary Department. Janice is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Film and Information Science.
Neil Thomas is an Indian-American television executive from Artesia, California. He is currently a Manager of TV Development at Media Rights Capital, where he works on sourcing & developing scripted content for the studio's growing TV slate. Previously, Neil worked in the Corporate Development & Strategy group at MRC and got his start working at CAA, Lionsgate & Variety. Neil is a graduate of the University of Southern California USC and earned a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations/Global Business.
Rachel Yeung is a Creative Executive at Walt Disney Studios working on live-action theatrical films as well as features for the upcoming streaming service Disney+. Prior to Disney, Rachel worked at 20th Century Fox Family, Di Novi Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Resolution Talent & Literary Agency. She began her career at CAA in the motion picture talent and literary departments. A Bay Area native, Rachel is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Rebecca Cho is a Creative Executive at Warner Bros Pictures where she oversees a slate of projects as a junior including the upcoming films Space Jam 2, Minecraft, Little Shop of Horrors and the Crazy Rich Asians sequels. Prior to rising through the ranks at Warner Bros, Rebecca began her career at Fox 2000 and ABC Studios. Rebecca graduated from UC Irvine where she majored in Political Science and Film & Media Studies.
Led by top industry executives and agents, the Fellowship is co-chaired by CAPE Board Members Kevin Iwashina Senior Associate, Endeavor Content, Albert Cheng COO and Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios, and Peter McHugh Manager, The Gotham Group. Scheduled mentors and speakers include Samie Falvey President, Imagine Entertainment, Rina Brannen Head of Development, 3AD Productions, Naia Cucukov EVP of Development & Production, Walden Media, Xian Li SVP of Production, SK Global Entertainment, James Shin SVP of Film and TV, Scooter Braun Projects, Eric Kim SVP of Current Programming, CBS Entertainment, Gloria Fan VP, Comedy and Drama, Fox 21 Television Studios, Steve Tao VP, Current Programming, The CW Network, and others.
In addition, the Fellowship partners include Warner Bros, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walden Media, Paramount Pictures, Endeavor Content, The CW, and Imagine Entertainment.
The four-year deal will see Atwater Capital finance at least five projects.
Free Association, the banner led by Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, has partnered with Atwater Capital to create a film development fund.
The $2 million revolving fund dead has a four-year term and will see Atwater finance a minimum of five projects with the company, per the announcement made jointly by the two entities.
Free Association's vp of production, Michael Parets will oversee the deal for the company. Free Association will continue to work with Universal Pictures under its first-look pact.
"We fundamentally believe in great storytelling, and that process is best entrusted to the storytellers themselves. The rise of digitally distributed content means that there is always an audience for good stories, even if that audience is aggregated now across communities that span different continents in a way that linear distribution could never reach. Given the incredible track record of Free Association and Channing Tatum in identifying and developing great stories, we are thrilled and honored to partner with them," said Atwaterr founder and managing partner, Vania Schlogel, in a statement.
Atwater launched in 2017 and invests in the media and content sector. Among their portfolio are Stockholm-based Epidemic Sound, Mad River Pictures, David Ayer's The Tax Collector, and the English-language remake of Les Invisibles, the Louis-Julien Petit-directed French film.