Mountain View, California-based international digital magazine OZY Media has launched an in-house production studio.
The creation of OZY Studios will, according to a release, “drive the company’s rapid growth in TV and digital video series.”
Serving as executive director of television and video is Royd Chung, an industry veteran who has served on a variety of projects, including the Netflix docuseries Girls Incarcerated and a supervising producer of production to former President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Elsewhere, Jessica Winchell, former VP of content development Lucky 8 TV and executive producer at MSNBC, has been named as executive producer of OZY Studios.
In addition to Chung and Winchell joining the newly-minted production unit, Emmy-winning Stuart Harmon, former producer of A&E’s Behind Bars: Women Unchained, joins as supervising producer, while Marion Cunningham will board as senior producer. Cunningham has worked on such titles as Discovery’s Killing Fields, A&E’s The First 48 and Netflix’s Girls Incarcerated.
Alexander Lau, meanwhile, will round out the budding team as director of cinematography. His previous credits include senior filmmaker for the 2016 Hillary for America campaign, and projects on such TV networks as National Geographic, Travel Channel, HGTV and BET
OZY was founded in 2013 by Emmy Award-winning journalists Carlos Watson and Samir Rao. The Silicon Valley-backed venture sold three television series to PBS and the BBC, including The Contenders: 16 for ’16, Third Rail With OZY and Breaking Big, with six more projects in development
Most recently, OZY produced 14 different livestreams at OZY Fest, the media company’s annual festival in Central Park, New York, which has featured former secretary of state Hillary Clinton; Karl Rove, the former deputy chief of staff to president George W. Bush; comedians Hasan Minhaj and Michelle Wolf; and more.