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MarVista Entertainment grows with exec appointments

The L.A.-based prodco has made a number of appointments and promotions as it continues to expand its business operations.
January 12, 2018

L.A.-based MarVista Entertainment has announced a number of appointments and promotions as the company expands its business operations.

Darrell Cross (center) has joined the indie producer and distributor as CFO, where he will be responsible for overseeing financial operations and growth opportunities, as well as leveraging new business models and capital management. Prior to joining MarVista, Cross held the dual posts of COO and CFO at Wild Card.

Jody Cipriano (left) was appointed head of global distribution and will be responsible for spearheading international cross-platform content sales and acquisitions. Cipriano most recently served as SVP of worldwide distribution at Cinetel Films, where she was responsible for all facets of sales and distribution. Both Cross and Cipriano will report to MarVista CEO Fernando Szew.

A third appointment sees former Fox Television exec Janet Savage (right) join the MarVista team as SVP of business and legal affairs, reporting to Kenny Christmas. Savage previously served as VP of business and legal affairs at Fox, where she advised on program production and development, broadcast agreements, digital content, talent negotiations, strategic partnership and advertising deals.

In addition to the new hires, MarVista has also announced a number of promotions. Christmas was upped to EVP of business and legal affairs, where he will continue to oversee the negotiating and shaping of business transactions in the development, production, finance and distribution of television and film properties. And Rod Rodrigo, reporting to Cipriano, was promoted to VP of international sales, based in the UK. Rodrigo joined MarVista in 2014 as director of international sales.

RecentlyMarVista picked up exclusive global distribution rights to Platinum Films’ re-imagined preschool series, Dream Street.

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