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Karga Seven bolsters executive team

LA-based producer Karga Seven Pictures has upped Michael Gara to senior VP and head of development, and hired Brett Boydstun as senior VP of production. Gara (pictured, right) first joined the Booze ...
October 13, 2016

LA-based producer Karga Seven Pictures has upped Michael Gara to senior VP and head of development, and hired Brett Boydstun as senior VP of production.

Gara (pictured, right) first joined the Booze Traveler and Hunting Hitler producer in2015 from Endemol Shine Group, where he served as VP of development. There, he was responsible for developing series for a variety of networks including AMC, CBS Syndication, NBC, E!, Sundance, SyFy, VH1 and WEtv.

“[Gara's] creative vision and leadership were instrumental in seeing us through our busiest year on record,” said Karga co-founder Emre Sahin in a statement. “His move into development just makes sense. There has always been overlap between the departments and now he’ll have an even more direct impact as we head into Karga’s next phase.”

Boydstun (left), meanwhile, boards Karga Seven as senior VP of production from Pilgrim Studios where he previously spent 13 years. During his time there, Boydstun served in various capacities, including senior VP of production finance and operations. Previously, he worked on a number of scripted films including The Prophecy, Jack Frost, 10 Things I Hate About You, Jurassic Park 3 and X-Men.

Founded in 2008 by Sarah Wetherbee, Emre Sahin and Kelly McPherson, Karga Seven has produced more than 300 hours of unscripted and scripted programming, including the Realscreen Award-winning Booze Traveler for Travel Channel, How Booze Built America with Mike Rowe for Discovery Channel, Hunting Hitler for History, Cry Wolfe for Investigation Discovery and Futurescape with James Woods for Science Channel.

Karga Seven was acquired by Red Arrow Entertainment Group in November of 2015.

 

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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