Kinetic names new executive hires

Alumni from Pilgrim Films & Television, ABC News, Bravo and former RDF USA colleagues join Chris Coelen's new Santa Monica-based prodco.
July 15, 2010

Santa Monica-based prodco Kinetic Content, created by former RDF USA CEO Chris Coelen (pictured), has announced several new key hires, a group that Coelen describes as ‘a very significant, very diverse team of world-class producers with massive experience in developing and delivering hugely successful programs across every non-scripted genre.’

Coming to the Kinetic fold as chief operating officer is Kathleen Burns Rohr. Most recently with Pilgrim Films and Television as VP of production, Rohr oversaw such series as American Chopper, The Ultimate Fighter, Dirty Jobs and Ghost Hunters. Before Pilgrim, Rohr held positions at CNN, ABC Sports and ESPN.

Billy Taylor joins Kinetic as senior vice president, coming from an overall deal with Bravo Media where he served as an EP on such Bravo series as Flipping Out, Kell on Earth and Work Out. Before then, Taylor was with MTV and was EP on such series as TI’s Road to Redemption and 8th and Ocean.

Also named as senior vice president is Arash Ghadishah, who comes from a stint at ABC News, where his duties ranged from covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq from Baghdad to the White House beat.

Karrie Wolfe, one of Coelen’s colleagues at RDF USA, comes to Kinetic also in the SVP role. Wolfe was most recently SVP at RDF USA and RDF Rights, where her duties included acquiring third-party format rights for RDF USA to produce in the US and for RDF Rights to distribute internationally.

Producer Emma Conway has been named a VP at Kinetic, having recently relocated to California from her native Britain in a deal with Fremantle that saw her work on Let’s Make a Deal among other series. Her credits in the UK include Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, V Graham Norton and Britain’s Got Talent.

Another ABC News alumnus joins Kinetic in the form of manager Heather Downie. At ABC, Downie produced segments for Nightline, World News Tonight and Good Morning America.

The team is rounded out by previously announced hires including former BBC producer Matilda Zoltowski and former RDF colleagues Jennifer Danska, Gerald Massimei and Katie Griffin. ‘I am thrilled that this amazing group has come together in such short order, enabling us to be in the market immediately with a slate of high-quality new programming,’ says Coelen.

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