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Shake-ups at Shine, Reveille

Reveille managing director Howard T. Owens is leaving the U.S. production company in June, with former Celebrity Apprentice showrunner Eden Gaha hired as president.
May 25, 2011

Reveille managing director Howard T. Owens is leaving the U.S. production company in June, with former Celebrity Apprentice showrunner Eden Gaha hired as president.

One of the first members of Reveille’s management team, in addition to Mark Koops, Chris Grant and founder Ben Silverman, Owens has been with the prodco since 2002. It was acquired by Shine Group in 2008.

Owens, Grant and Koops came to Reveille via WMA and became directors following Silverman’s move to NBC as co-chairman.

Grant was named president of Shine International, the sales and distrib arm for Shine Group, shortly after the 2008 acquisition, while Koops left Reveille in September of last year as part of a restructuring that saw Owens continue as sole managing director, and exec producer Robin Ashbrook upped to the newly-created position of head of non-scripted entertainment.

“I’ve been lucky enough to guide the company over the last couple of years and keep the growth up, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible people, including Elisabeth [Murdoch, Shine Group head] and Emiliano [Calemzuk, Shine Group Americas CEO],” Owens told realscreen.

“It’s been a great run and with this last sale of the company and with my contract coming up, it felt like a good time to leave. It feels like the company’s poised for great things, and I think that there’s a time for everything.”

Gaha is overseeing Reveille’s unscripted, creative, development, digital and brand integration departments. He will report to Calemzuk.

Shortly after that news broke came word that Shine International, the distribution and sales arm of Reveille parent Shine Group, was going to be relocating from Los Angeles to London, and that company president Grant would not be making the move.

In a statement, Shine said that Grant chose not to relocate to London but will work with the company through a six-month transitional period and help in the search for a London-based successor. Shine Group president Alex Mahon will oversee the division in the interim.

Shine International will retain an L.A. office, with the main sales and distribution management team moving to the UK to be closer to complementary departments at Shine Group, according to the company.

Shine International executive vice president John Pollak will remain in his role as head of sales until the close of the year, staying in the L.A. office and managing the L.A.-based team and third party producer relationships. Martin Rakusen, senior vice president of business and operations, will be heading to the London office.

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