EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Rosenblum continues to build up his senior management team at Legendary Television. Rosenblum has brought in Gaumont International Television COO Richard Frankie as EVP Business Management. Additionally, former president of McG‘s Wonderland Sounds And Vision, Peter Johnson, has closed a deal to join the company as EVP Scripted Series Development. Former Warner Bros TV Group president Rosenblum, who was named President of Legendary Television and Digital Media in June, has been taking his time with the executive search, looking for the right fit. That includes bringing in a top-level creative executive, which is still in the works. Veteran TV business executive Frankie will be in charge of business affairs and help with the overall operation of Legendary TV, something he recently did for another start-up independent TV production studio, GIT. Frankie joined GIT at its launch in 2011, helping CEO Katie O’Connell build up the company, which has two series heading into second season, Hannibal and Hemlock Grove, and a pilot at USA. GIT is expected to name a replacement soon. Before joining GIT, Frankie was EVP Business Operations at Sony Pictures TV.
Peter Johnson, former president of McG‘s Wonderland Sounds And Vision, is in talks to join recently launched Legendary Television as a development executive. Legendary, a well-capitalized company valued at $3 billion, signaled its big ambitions in the TV arena with the appointment last month of Bruce Rosenblum as President of Legendary Television and Digital Media. Rosenblum and Johnson have a long-standing relationship — for the past nine years, Johnson was president of Wonderland, which was based at Warner Bros. TV and was overseen by Rosenblum until his exit as Warner Bros. TV Group president in May. Johnson also recently left Wonderland as McG opted to leave the studio system and re-launch his company as an indie through a multi-year funding partnership with Mickey Liddell’s private equity-backed LD Entertainment. Before joining McG, Johnson served as SVP and VP of drama development at Fox. Legendary is in the final year of its deal at Warner Bros. and has been actively searching for a new studio partner, with NBCUniversal recently emerging as a frontrunner.