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MAK Pictures bolsters senior development team

Los Angeles-based production company MAK Pictures has hired Stephanie Eno as senior vice president of development and Aliza Rosen as SVP of documentaries and specials, and has promoted Andy Ruggles to president of production. Before coming ...
August 17, 2018

Los Angeles-based production company MAK Pictures has hired Stephanie Eno as senior vice president of development and Aliza Rosen as SVP of documentaries and specials, and has promoted Andy Ruggles to president of production.

Before coming on board at MAK, Eno (pictured left) held development and production roles, most recently as executive in charge of production on the broadcast syndicated T.D. Jakes show, and as executive producer and senior director of programming at TLC, where she worked on successful franchises including Say Yes to the Dress and What Not to Wear. Before that, she worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Golden Globes and the Kids Choice Awards.

Rosen (right), meanwhile, was most recently CCO at Culver City, California-based XG Productions, where she specialized in true crime, law enforcement and military content. She co-created The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey for CBS at XG. Before that, she was head of development at Philadelphia-based Stage 3 Productions, where she developed and sold series including Farm Kings, Curvy Girls and Killer Profile. In addition, Rosen hosts the bi-weekly podcast Reality of Reality, in which she interviews the most influential people throughout the unscripted industry.

Eno and Rosen join MAK’s senior directors of development Aaron Burk and Elisabeth Norvik.

“Stephanie and Aliza are two of the best and brightest talents in the unscripted business, and they both come to MAK with such varied and unique experiences,” said Mark Kadin, CEO of MAK Pictures, in a statement. “I’m really excited to see what kind of new heights we can reach harnessing their creative voices.”

Elsewhere, Ruggles will continue to oversee all aspects of production on MAK’s unscripted series in his elevated role, with a focus on the financials of the company as a whole. He has served as a producer and production executive, showrunning Treasure Quest: Snake Island for Discovery Channel, Cryptid The Swamp Beast for History Channel and Suddenly Royal for TLC.

“Andy has been a critical component of MAK Pictures since its inception,” added Kadin. “He has a unique skill set, and I’m amazed that he has been able to make the transition from creative to production management so seamlessly.”

MAK Pictures’ production slate includes Cajun Justice on A&E, Eaten Alive on Discovery, Fear Island on Animal Planet, and the upcoming Car Masters: Rust To Riches on Netflix.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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