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Magical Elves sets executive team

Tinopolis-owned Magical Elves has set its executive team since it was announced that company co-founders Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz will be leaving the company. Earlier this month, Cutforth and Lipsitz revealed that ...
February 26, 2019

Tinopolis-owned Magical Elves has set its executive team since it was announced that company co-founders Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz will be leaving the company.

Earlier this month, Cutforth and Lipsitz revealed that they would step down from the company they founded in 2001 (acquired by UK-based TV content supplier Tinopolis Group in 2014) to return to their roots as independent producers, leaving Magical Elves in the hands of Tinopolis USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Tinopolis Group.

As such, Magical Elves has elevated Casey Kriley (pictured, left), EVP of current programming, to the post of chief operating officer, while Jo Sharon (right), EVP of development, has been promoted to the role of chief content officer.

Kriley joined Magical Elves in 2001 and has served as executive producer on such titles as Top ChefTop Chef Jr., Nailed It! and Cold Justice. Her co-executive producer credits include Project Runway and The Real L Word, and was a supervising producer on Project Greenlight. Kriley has garnered a slew of nominations and awards during her near-20-year tenure with the Los Angeles-based prodco, including an Emmy, a Peabody Award and an IDA Documentary Award.

Sharon, meanwhile, boarded Magical Elves in 2010 as SVP of development, before being elevated to the title of EVP of development five years later. During her nine-year tenure at the studio, Sharon has been behind such projects as Nailed It!, In Defense Of, Fashion Star and All In w/ Cam Newton. Prior to joining Magical Elves, she held a number of titles at Nash Entertainment, Renegade 83 and IMG Entertainment.

Elsewhere, Magical Elves parent company Tinopolis has expanded the remit of Toby Gorman. In addition to his role as president of entertainment at A. Smith & Co. Productions, Gorman will now serve as Magical Elves interim CEO. He is an executive producer on NBC’s reality competition series The Titan Games with Dwayne Johnson, and on Fox’s upcoming series Mental Samurai with Rob Lowe. Prior to joining A. Smith & Co., Gorman served as EVP of alternative programming at FremantleMedia.

“Casey and Jo have done a phenomenal job leading the Elves for years, and now it’s time to recognize their contributions, and see them take the reins,” said Arthur Smith, Tinopolis U.S. chairman and CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions, in a statement. “They have long been instrumental to the success that Magical Elves has enjoyed. Toby, who has done such an amazing job in his current role at A. Smith, will temporarily add his expertise to this excellent team of accomplished individuals.”

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