Former Discovery and Viacom executive Chris Rantamaki has joined Ozy Media as head of television for the Mountain View, California-based media and entertainment company.
As executive director of television and video, Rantamaki (pictured) will oversee the media company’s growing roster of TV projects and is responsible for leading the company’s TV development, production, and distribution efforts.
Based out of Ozy Media’s Los Angeles offices, he reports into CEO Carlos Watson. He will work alongside a team that includes executive producer Marion Cunningham and director of production Lindsay Rodger.
Rantamaki most recently served as director of series operations at digital interactive content startup Eko. Prior to this, he was SVP of development and production at Discovery where he oversaw more than 500 hours of content each year, including Gold Rush, Deadliest Catch, Naked and Afraid, Killing Fields and Finding Escobar’s Millions.
The executive also previously served as SVP of originals at Spike over a four-year period between 2011 and 2015. In this role, Rantamaki developed and oversaw Ink Master, Bar Rescue and Tattoo Nightmares. Before this, he was a field producer, series producer and show runner on such non-fiction hits as TLC’s Miami Ink and Fox’s Ambush Makeover.
“Chris is a fantastic and creative leader in the TV space with a wealth of great experience and a wonderful spirit,” said OZY’s Watson in a statement. “Ozy Studios has been going from strength to strength, and with Chris’ arrival, we’re excited to take things to the next level.”
This past summer, Ozy Media and A+E Networks formalized a development partnership for new projects, including programming set for Lifetime and History, after establishing a first-look deal earlier in the year.