Over the weekend, RHI Entertainment announced it had rebranded as Sonar Entertainment and appointed Stewart Till as CEO. The company also unveiled a package of new projects on hand at MIP. Today, Sonar has added action adventure series Quatermain to its development and production roster in partnership with Ecosse Films. Details are below:
CANNES, APRIL 2 – Sonar Entertainment Inc. and Ecosse Films have joined forces to develop and produce Quatermain. The new 10×60 action-adventure series is based on the classic swashbuckling stories by iconic Victorian-era author H. Rider Haggard. The announcement of the project, which is being introduced at Cannes during MIPTV, 2012, was made today by Stewart Till, CEO, Sonar Entertainment and Douglas Rae, Founder, Managing Director and Executive Producer, Ecosse Films. Rae will serve as executive producer on the project. Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle (Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal) are the writers.
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RHI Entertainment Inc. has rebranded as Sonar Entertainment Inc. and appointed Stewart Till CEO, board chairman Gabriel de Alba announced at MIPTV in Cannes. The company also unveiled a package of disaster-themed and other miniseries, regular series and and a quartet of two-hour TV movies. Following the departure of Robert Halmi Jr. last summer, Till had served as co-interim CEO with Mike Corrigan and David Salzman. Robert Halmi Sr. exited in February. Read More »
Looks like it takes a village to run RHI Entertainment following the resignation this month of CEO Robert Halmi Jr. The made-for-TV movie and miniseries producer that recently emerged from bankruptcy protection says it will be run on an interim basis by a three-person Office of the CEO. It includes former MGM CFO Mike Corrigan, Lorimar Telepictures co-founder David Salzman, and Icon UK non-executive chair Stewart Till. No word on how long the “interim” period will last. Here’s the release:
NEW YORK, July 26, 2011 – RHI Entertainment has named a new interim management team, with appointments effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Gabriel de Alba, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The appointment of members of the Office of the CEO reflects the company’s transition to a new management team that will develop a long-term focus on business and creative strategy, development and execution. In making the announcement, de Alba emphasized that the company is strongly capitalized and positioned for growth. The Office of the CEO will be comprised of industry veterans Mike Corrigan, David Salzman and Stewart Till, all of whom have previously served on the company’s Board of Directors.
RHI was successfully recapitalized in April and is rolling out a new slate of original productions headed by two event miniseries: “Neverland,” which stars Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins and Keira Knightley and “Treasure Island,” whose all star cast includes Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. “Neverland” debuts in the U.S. on Syfy and in the U.K. on Sky Movies HD later this year. “Treasure Island” debuts in the U.S. on Syfy in early 2012 and in the U.K. on Sky1 HD later this year. Both productions will also be seen on major broadcast networks worldwide.
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