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Chris Rantamaki joins Ozy Media as head of television

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 ...
October 15, 2020

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 RushDeadliest CatchNaked and AfraidKilling 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 MasterBar 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.

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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