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Magical Elves appoints longtime executives as co-CEOs

Magical Elves executives Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon have been tapped to lead the non-fiction prodco as co-CEOs. The decision comes months after co-founders Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz exited the company to work as ...
August 8, 2019

Magical Elves executives Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon have been tapped to lead the non-fiction prodco as co-CEOs.

The decision comes months after co-founders Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz exited the company to work as independent producers. The duo launched a new media and content company, Alfred Street Industries, in May.

Kriley (pictured, left) joined the Tinopolis USA-owned company in 2001, moving up the ranks to the position of chief operating officer. She has been credited as executive producer on a number of projects, including Nailed It!, Top Chef, Project Runway, Project Greenlight, Top Chef Junior, All In With Cam Newton, The Real L Word, Cleveland Hustles and Time of Death.

Sharon (right) most recently served as Magical Elves’ chief creative officer. In that role, she oversaw a slate of projects in development across broadcast, cable and streaming services. Since joining the company in 2010, Sharon has worked to develop projects such as Sugar Rush and Chasing Cameron for Netflix, Cold Justice and In Defense Of for Oxygen, Fashion Star for NBC and Gallery Girls for Bravo, among others.

“These past six months have only confirmed our instinct that Casey and Jo are the ideal duo to keep Magical Elves firing on all cylinders,” said Arthur Smith, chairman of Tinopolis USA and A. Smith & Co. Productions. “They are an unstoppable force perfectly equipped to lead their tight-knit team as they produce the next generation of hit shows.”

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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