Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Announces New Senior Leadership Team

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment chairman and CEO William J. Rouhana on Aug. 22 announced the formation of a new senior leadership team drawn from both Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and newly acquired Redbox.

As previously announced, entertainment and streaming industry veterans Galen C. Smith, executive vice chairman, and Jonathan Katz, president, will lead this team of executives. Both Smith and Katz will report to Rouhana.

Smith, executive vice chairman of Redbox and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, will oversee all long-term planning for the company, including strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and corporate services. Reporting to him are:

  • SVP, corporate communications, Peter Binazeski, who heads the company’s corporate communications and public relations;
  • Chief people officer Marisa Famulare, who continues to direct all people functions;
  • Chief innovation officer Jason Kwong, who shifts duties to the newly expanded role of incubating and developing future areas of growth for the combined business;
  • CFO Chris Mitchell, who continues responsibility for all financial operations, capital structure and investor relations;
  • Chief strategy officer Elana Sofko, who continues to manage M&A activities and international expansion; and
  • Chief legal officer Fred Stein, who expands his Redbox role to oversee all legal, business affairs and risk management.

Katz will oversee day-to-day operations, including the company’s streaming, kiosk, distribution and studio businesses. Reporting to him are:

  • Chief operating officer and president, Redbox Service, Michael Chamberlain, who continues to oversee the operations of the Redbox kiosk business, and leads the growing kiosk service business;
  • CEO, studios, David Ellender, who continues to lead the Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group, developing and producing original content for all owned-and-operated platforms, now including Redbox kiosks and streaming, as well as third-party productions;
  • Chief acquisitions and distribution officer David Fannon, who continues to oversee all domestic and international content acquisition and distribution, expanding his purview to include Redbox, and who continues in his role as president of Screen Media Ventures;
  • Chief marketing officer Mike Feldner, who adds the combined company to his Redbox role, heading up all marketing, branding and creative services, along with leading the company’s analytics and insights team;
  • Chief revenue officer Philippe Guelton, who expands his role to lead all advertising sales and operations, as well as revenue partnerships across the company; and
  • Chief digital officer Adam Mosam, who adds to his responsibilities oversight of the company’s streaming businesses, including product, technology and platform distribution.


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“Our new senior leadership team brings together some of the best executives in the streaming and entertainment business and sets us up for continued success,” Rouhana said in a statement. “Our company is scaling rapidly — especially after our recent acquisition of Redbox. As we continue to grow, this team has the knowledge, skill and drive to build a major company that delivers premium entertainment to value-conscious consumers. I’m very excited about the future of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.”

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