Michelle Slavich Joins Warner

Michelle Slavich has been named EVP, global publicity and strategy, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In her new role, Slavich will oversee domestic and international publicity and work with her teams to develop global publicity strategies on all releases from Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema across media outlets and platforms worldwide. She’ll also work closely with the marketing group’s senior management team on PR campaign design and strategy for both individual film titles and key franchises. Slavich will report to Blair Rich, president, worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

“Michelle is a well-respected publicity executive with an impressive track record of leadership, innovation and strategic vision,” said Rich in a statement. “As we tackle the constantly evolving landscape of film publicity, she’s a great choice to lead the team and further our already-excellent publicity teams in supporting our world-class films and filmmakers.”

Slavich joins Warner from Google, where she most recently served as head of entertainment communications for YouTube, overseeing the platform’s entertainment and music PR initiatives, as well as corporate and creator communications. She was with Google more than five years, and in the last two years, her team launched more than 50 publicity campaigns for the company’s YouTube Original series and movies. Slavich was also responsible for the PR launch campaigns for the company’s subscription services YouTube TV and YouTube Red.

Before that, Slavich served as VP of publicity at Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE), overseeing publicity, promotions and events for NBC Universal film and TV releases. In this role, Slavich supervised more than 200 publicity campaigns for Universal Pictures, Focus Features & NBC.

Prior to USHE, Slavich held positions at Rogers & Associates and PeopleSupport Inc., as well as in theatrical publicity at DreamWorks/Amblin Entertainment. She began her career as a publicity assistant at the Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg’s nonprofit organization dedicated to the recording of Holocaust survivor testimonies for educational use.

Amazon Studios Shuffles Executives Under New Boss Jennifer Salke

New Amazon Studios CEO Jennifer Salke April 9 announced division management changes, including expanding COO Albert Cheng’s responsibilities to include co-head of television development.

Prior to Salke’s arrival from NBC Universal, Cheng had been interim boss of Amazon Studios following the departure of Roy Price after allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

“I’m delighted that an opportunity for Albert to be elevated within the Television Studios has been created,” Salke said in a statement. “His business acumen, collaborative nature and clear goals toward continued success make him an invaluable team player as we move forward.”

Cheng’s co-head reportedly will be named in the coming months.

Meanwhile, former Fox TV executive Sharon Tal Yguado was named head of drama after filling to oversee scripted TV programing after Price and Joe Lewis’ departures.

Marc Resteghini was named head of drama, with former department boss Nick Hall named head of alternative programing. Georgia Brown, director of original TV programing in Europe, was named head of U.K.-original scripted television – reporting to Brad Beale.

Heather Schuster and Melissa Wolfe remain in charge of unscripted and kids programing, respectively. Ryan Andolina and Gina Kwon remain jointly in charge of comedy.

Inman Named Chief Marketing Officer at Mediamorph

Mediamorph, a cloud-based enterprise content management company for media and entertainment clients, has appointed Jerry Inman chief marketing officer.

As a member of the executive leadership team, Inman is responsible for evolving and executing an integrated global marketing strategy, brand storytelling, driving increased awareness and digital initiatives, and building progressive programs to deepen customer relationships.

Prior to joining Mediamorph, Inman was the CMO of Demand Worldwide, where he was responsible for strategy and execution of all marketing efforts working with leading retail technology organizations, as well as major retailers and brands. He also previously served in marketing leadership roles at Information Builders, Lectra, Stylesight, 7thonline and iMany.

“Jerry brings a deep retail focus and strong track record of driving significant growth for software companies,” said Rob Gardos, CEO of Mediamorph, in a statement. “The digital supply chain is driving a rapidly evolving retail experience that is essential to the entertainment industry as the connected consumer gains control and has more choices, demands and expectations. Jerry has the marketing and technology experience we need to take Mediamorph to the next level.”

“I am really excited to join Mediamorph at such a pivotal time in the company’s history,” Inman said in a statement. “Mediamorph pioneered tracking performance and orchestrating the digital supply chain for the media and entertainment industry. As the business continues to evolve, strategic storytelling and driving maximum value from content across Unified Commerce is more important than ever.”

Gary Barber Out as CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Holdings, has been let go after eight years in the position. No reason was given for the move.

Media reports suggest disagreement between Barber and the board on the future of the venerable studio, whose franchises include James Bond movies, “The Voice,” “Survivor” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” among others. MGM also owns multiplatform distribution channel Epix.

The studio, which includes MGM Home Entertainment, has formed an “Office of CEO” to oversee day-to-day operations while a new CEO is found.

MGM said it would provide a business update March 28 when it reports fourth-quarter fiscal results.

Bob Chapek Expands Duties in Disney Reorganization

Bob Chapek, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, is assuming additional responsibility for all of Disney’s consumer products operations globally, including licensing and Disney stores, as chairman of the new Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products business segment.

Former head of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Chapek’s expanded duties come as Disney revamps senior management ahead of planned direct-to-consumer offerings.

“Bob comes to this new role with an impressive record of success at both parks and resorts and consumer products, and he is the perfect leader to run these combined teams,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

Chapek, who is speculated to one day to take Iger’s position when he retires, will continue to report directly to Iger.

Separately, Kevin Mayer, who has served as Disney’s chief strategy officer since 2015, was named chairman of the new direct-to-consumer and international business segment.

“Kevin is a proven leader who has played a critical role in bringing together the collection of creative and technological assets that will allow Disney to offer unparalleled entertainment experiences in a direct-to-consumer future,” said Iger said. Mayer will also continue to report directly to Iger.

The reorganization also includes segmenting Disney’s businesses into four divisions: the newly-formed direct-to-consumer and international; the combined parks, experiences and consumer products; media networks; and studio entertainment. The reorganization is effective immediately.

The media networks business segment is co-chaired by Ben Sherwood, president, Disney|ABC Television Group, and James Pitaro, who was recently named president of ESPN and previously served as chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

The segment will remain virtually the same, with the exception of the international Disney Channel operations that are moving to the direct-to-consumer and international business segment along with management of global advertising sales/technology.

The studio entertainment business segment — which includes Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment —  is led by Alan Horn, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, and remains virtually the same, with the exception of the management of program sales moving to the direct-to-consumer and international business segment. The segment includes Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Live Action, Pixar Animation Studios (PIXR), Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, as well as Disney Theatrical Group and Disney Music Group.