Toronto-based global entertainment firm Boat Rocker Media has upped long-time exec Samantha Traub to chief operating officer.
Formerly senior VP of business and legal affairs and general counsel, Traub, pictured, will now oversee the firm’s production team at Boat Rocker Studios in addition to managing the company’s human resources department and any governance issues that arise.
The company’s creative engine, Boat Rocker Studios, is responsible for developing and producing worldwide premium content across all platforms. Its umbrella prodcos include Temple Street, Radical Sheep, Boat Rocker Digital, Boat Rocker Animation, and a partnership with Industrial Brothers.
Traub first joined Boat Rocker Media, then Temple Street Productions, in 2007 serving as its VP of business and legal affairs. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing the structuring of the shop’s domestic and international productions and copro, production legal deals while also negotiating talent and partnership deals.
She served as a key player in Fairfax Financial’s capital investment into Boat Rocker in 2015 and was soon after elevated to senior VP of business and legal affairs and general counsel. She has since played a crucial role in Boat Rocker’s recent acquisition spree and expansion into distribution, kids and family programming and animation services.
Elsewhere, Michel Pratte has been promoted to chief revenue officer at Boat Rocker Media, with oversight on Boat Rocker’s rights, brands and ventures divisions while continuing to lead the shingle’s mergers and acquisitions and corporate development activity.
Traub and Pratte will continue to report into Boat Rocker CEO John Young.