Chris Grant joining Electus as CEO

Grant, most recently president at Shine International and previously MD at Reveille, will once again be teaming up with Ben Silverman at the IAC-owned company, while chief operating officer Drew Buckley will have his role expanded.
September 13, 2011

Chris Grant, most recently president at Shine International and previously MD at Reveille, will once again be teaming up with former colleague Ben Silverman at IAC-owned multimedia production/distribution company Electus.

Grant will join the Electus team as CEO on November 1 and is tasked with overseeing the company’s next phase of growth across its global TV, digital and branded entertainment endeavors. He will report directly to Electus founder Silverman, who will continue to oversee all aspects of the company including its creative opportunities and expansion strategies.

In addition, Drew Buckley, chief operating officer of Electus, will have his role expanded to oversee all operations, including digital, advertising, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and managing the company’s partnerships with Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google. Buckley will partner with Grant and will also report directly to Silverman.

“Watching Chris Grant grow into the finest and most sought after executive television has seen in a long time has brought me tremendous joy and pride,” said Silverman. “He was an amazing partner at Reveille, and will be an amazing leader for Electus. He is a fantastic collaborator and entrepreneur with management skills and great passion.

“With Drew Buckley and Chris Grant’s individual experience, relationships and skill sets, Electus will continue to drive forward our ambitious content strategy across platforms as well as our overall vision to become the only true, nimble independent studio.”

Grant added: “One of the driving forces behind my decision to join Electus was the opportunity to lead an independent studio that has the scale and bandwidth to compete, but does not have the same international production agenda.

“Once I join Electus, I expect to collaborate with Ben and Drew to aggressively seek out and acquire U.S. and UK companies who can create international productions that live and thrive on a variety of platforms and that can leverage Electus’ distribution model.”

Grant split from the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group in May, when it was announced that Shine International would be relocating its operations to London from LA. He was named president of Shine International in 2008.

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