Rich Battista has been tapped as the chief government officer of Imagine Entertainment. He takes the reins after a long profession in media, maximum lately as president and chief executive officer of Time Inc., in which he helped oversee the publisher’s $2.8 billion sales to Meredith Corp. Battista also ran Mandalay Sports Media and the early-degree media and content material corporation, and spent 18 years at Fox, growing to grow to be president of its national cable networks.
Battista will update Charlie Corwin, a former Endemol Shine North America leader who spent much less than a yr at Imagine. He resigned in April 2018. Battista has been tasked with running with co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to supervise its center production commercial enterprise and its growth efforts in his new position.
“We are excited to have Rich be a part of Imagine. He brings with him a unique attitude and years of knowledge and experience growing and expanding companies. We’re confident in his ability to build upon Imagine’s achievement,” stated Grazer and Howard in a joint assertion.
Imagine Entertainment’s latest releases consist of the hit documentary “Pavarotti,” the Nat Geo collection “Genius,” and Fox’s “Empire.” Upcoming tasks consist of a version of the best-dealer “Hillbilly Elegy” directed by way of Howard and released via Netflix. Imagine has been branching out in new directions in the latest years. It created Imagine Impact, a content material incubator for the next generation of content creators; entered right into a $one hundred million TV co-financing undertaking with Hong Kong primarily based TVB; and invested in Jax Media, the organisation in the back of “Russian Doll” and “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.”