EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Sisgold has been appointed to the newly created position of President of Business Affairs and Strategic Planning at David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions. He will have oversight of business and legal affairs across all company units, as well as strategic planning for the company’s expansion, which recently has included launching a TV division last spring. Sisgold arrives from his boutique entertainment/corporate finance law firm Sisgold PC, which closed about $400 million in deals in 2013 — including every TV deal Skydance finalized from talent to distribution. Sisgold also handled development-related deals for Skydance pic projects including the Terminator reboot, Dean Devlin’s disaster epic Geostorm and the Christopher McQuarrie-directed adaptation Star Blazers. “It has been a privilege to work with Jesse this past year, and we are honored to have him officially join the Skydance family,” Ellison said today in announcing the hire. “His role will be crucial in Skydance’s growth and we are thrilled to have him on board.”
Skydance has plenty on its plate since releasing World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and G.I. Joe Retaliation in 2013. It has the rebooted Terminator franchise bowing in theaters in July 1, 2015 that it is funding with Paramount; Mission: Impossible 5 with McQuarrie helming and coming out December 25, 2015; and is working up a sequel to the Tom Cruise star vehicle Jack Reacher that it is also hoping will return McQuarrie. On the TV side it sold its first series Manhattan to WGN America and is developing a Terminator series that dovetails with the feature films.
Before running his own firm, Sisgold worked at Valle Makoff LLP. He also has worked to create and launch graphic novel company Anomaly Productions.