Jennifer O’Connell exiting Core Media Group

Jennifer O'Connell, the head of television at Core Media Group, is stepping down as the company undergoes a management overhaul that sees Sharp Entertainment taking the reins of its television division.
August 27, 2015

Jennifer O’Connell, the head of television at Core Media Group, is stepping down as the company undergoes a management overhaul.

While Core Media Group declined to comment officially on the transition – first reported by U.S. trade outlet Variety - it is understood that O’Connell’s departure was expected.

The exec was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Core Media Group’s television arm in the U.S. and also oversaw the development and production of scripted and unscripted programming for cable and broadcast networks.

Under the management restructure, Sharp Entertainment – which was acquired by Core Media Group in 2012 and led by CEO Matt Sharp – will now oversee development and production of Core’s television projects.

It is understood Sharp Entertainment will establish a West Coast outpost in Los Angeles, in addition to its New York City office, in order to manage its expanded remit.

In recent months, former VP of production at 51 Minds, Lyle Smith, boarded Core’s TV division as senior VP of production while Mike Aho - most recently the senior VP of factual entertainment at Shine – joined the company in May as a development executive.

Core Media Group, which also has American Idol producer 19 Entertainment in its roster, is part of the Endemol Shine Group joint venture finalized last fall that saw the 21st Century Fox-owned Shine merge with Apollo Management-owned Endemol and Core Media Group.

Marc Graboff, CEO for Core Media Group since 2012, departed from the company in 2014, moving to Discovery Communications shortly afterward to oversee its Studios business, as well as business and legal affairs.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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