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Matador ups four to senior exec positions

The full-service content production company Matador has upped four of its executives, bolstering its creative and production teams. Those elevated to newly created positions include Leah Culton Gonzalez, Jack Turner, Samuel ...
February 2, 2017

The full-service content production company Matador has upped four of its executives, bolstering its creative and production teams.

Those elevated to newly created positions include Leah Culton Gonzalez, Jack Turner, Samuel Brown, and Jerry Carita.

“Though we certainly had high hopes for the success of Matador, we did not anticipate such steady, rapid growth and we would not have been able to withstand that level of expansion without Jack, Leah, Jerry and Sam. They have been an indispensable part of our team since the beginning and we could not be more proud of what they’ve accomplished over the last few years,” said Jay Peterson, (pictured, right) Matador co-founder, in a statement.

Culton Gonzales’ new title is that of executive VP of production. She will oversee all aspects of physical production for the company. She is described as a key producer on Matador’s series Geeking Out for AMC, Banksy Does New York for HBO, and Project Runway: Fashion Startup for Lifetime. She also served as co-executive producer on the Spike Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated Lip Sync Battle for three seasons. Previously, Culton Gonzalez was SVP of production at Original Media where she oversaw Spike’s Inkmaster, Discovery’s Dual Survival, History’s Swamp People, and Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project.

Turner has been promoted to SVP of scripted and documentary content, overseeing the development, packaging, and production of all scripted and documentary programming.  He produced the Emmy-nominated Banksy Does New York for HBO, as well as the Sundance Documentary Give Me Future. Before joining Matador, Turner was the head of production for United Artists/MGM, and, previously, an independent producer.

Brown has been promoted to VP of development. Based in Matador’s Los Angeles office, he will serve as the company’s top unscripted executive, and lead the company’s slate and oversee all internal creative development. Brown’s credits include responsibility for the development of various unscripted programs, including GSN’s Hellevator, Lifetime’s Born in the Wild, A&E’s Epic Ink, Oxygen’s Nail’d It, Discovery’s Epic Bar Builds, and Discovery ID’s Do Not Disturb. Before joining Matador, he worked as a development executive at Shine America.

Carita, meanwhile, will take the title of VP of current series and development production. Based out of Matador’s New York office, he will work with company founders Peterson and Todd Lubin (pictured, right) in helping manage the studio’s series and pilot slate. Carita will interface with showrunners and network executives across all facets of the production process. He most recently served as executive producer and showrunner on AMC’s late night talk show Geeking Out. His other Matador ventures include the A&E series Cement Heads and Epic Ink, TruTV’s Super Into, WETV’s My Life Is A Telenovela, and Alaska Proof for Animal Planet. Carita’s credits, prior to Matador, include Wife Swap, Counting Cars, NY Ink, and Comic Book Men.

Gonzalez, Turner, Brown and Carita have all been with Matador since its inception in 2013. All four executives will report to Peterson and Lubin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author
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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