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Chernin Ent boosts creative team, adds former NBCU exec Bill McGoldrick

Los Angeles-based Chernin Entertainment has boosted its creative executive ranks by five, starting with the appointment of industry veteran and former NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks president of original content and and direct-to-sonsumer Bill ...
August 27, 2021

Los Angeles-based Chernin Entertainment has boosted its creative executive ranks by five, starting with the appointment of industry veteran and former NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks president of original content and and direct-to-sonsumer Bill McGoldrick as EVP of film and television.

Joining him is Juan Alfonso as SVP of film and television, Vibiana Molina as EVP of business affairs and Christina Porter and Jordan Compton respectively as creative executives.

The moves are designed to bolster and expand Chernin Entertainment’s growth plans for film and television and come at a time when the company scored a multi-year, first-look partnership with Spotify to adapt its podcasts for TV, film and digital video, as well as establishing a partnership with former ESPN senior executive Connor Schell to produce high-end unscripted content for the world.

The new recruits will report to Chernin Entertainment film and television president Jenno Topping,

“These talented execs each bring their own unique and valuable expertise to Chernin Entertainment during this important and exciting growth juncture,” said Topping in a statement, as they join the current creative team of David Ready, Kori Adelson, Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, Dan Finlay, Tracey Cook, Kaitlin Dahill, Samantha Varchetto, and Jamie Spetner.

“We are grateful to have assembled such a remarkably strong team.”

In his previous position, McGoldrick (pictured) oversaw development for original content on the Peacock streaming service. He also oversaw scripted originals for NBCUniversal’s USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, and E! as well as unscripted originals for USA and SYFY including such series as Sinner, Dirty John, Suits, Psych, Expanse, and Magicians.

Prior to 2019, McGoldrick served as president, scripted content, for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and unscripted content for USA and SYFY.

Porter, meanwhile, was previously a television executive at Escape Artists Entertainment, and worked as a physical producer at The Late Show. She is also a member of Time’s Up Entertainment’s Who’s in the Room.

Compton formerly worked in feature development and production at Amblin Partners, and also experienced tenures at John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Company and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment.

Alfonso previously served as SVP of original programming at Starz and spent seven years at Disney/ABC Studios, working on a number of scripted projects.

Vibiana Molina was previously EVP of business and legal affairs at Fox 21 Television Studios. She also served as EVP of business affairs for 20th Century Fox TV.

Chernin Entertainment has produced over 25 feature films, including the Academy Award-winning Ford Vs. Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale and directed by James Mangold; The Oscar-nominated Ted Melfi film Hidden Figures and The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman. Chernin also produced the re-booted The Planet Of The Apes franchise films.

The company’s TV projects include See and Truth Be Told on Apple TV+ and Bombay Begums on Netflix.

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