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OZY Media bolsters development and production teams

Multi-platform media company OZY Media has expanded OZY Studios’ development and production teams with multiple new executive hires. Helmed by executive director and head of television Chris Rantamaki (pictured), OZY Studios’ newly ...
April 9, 2021

Multi-platform media company OZY Media has expanded OZY Studios’ development and production teams with multiple new executive hires.

Helmed by executive director and head of television Chris Rantamaki (pictured), OZY Studios’ newly appointed team includes former BET Networks and Releve Entertainment executive Allison Simmons as senior executive, development; former World of Wonder and Discovery executive Matthew Vafiadis as senior executive, current and branded; Lindsay Rodger (Between Two Ferns: The Movie, Becoming Bond) as executive producer, scripted and development; Brett Webster (Last Call with Carson Daly) as executive producer of The Carlos Watson Show; and Sasha Fuller (Tamron Hall, The Dr. Oz Show) as co-executive producer of The Carlos Watson Show.

The team will be supported by Aaron Lorick, associate producer, as it develops and produces original content for digital, broadcast and cable distribution.

“We are rapidly accelerating our development slate on the heels of our Emmy win for Black Women OWN the Conversation, and the team has hit the ground running in 2021,”  Rantamaki said in a statement. “With season three of The Carlos Watson Show and our continued collaboration with A+E Networks, we look forward to broadening our slate of new content with our network and brand partners.”

This year, OZY Studios is set to launch shows in both scripted (episodic and features) and unscripted (doc and reality) formats that span issue driven content and genres from addressing racial and gender disparities, to science, history, love, and lifestyle programming.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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