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Exclusive: Several exec promotions at Vox Media Studios

Vox Media Studios has promoted several executives, the Vox Media division announced, following its acquisition of Group Nine. The promotions are a testament to the studio’s investment in non-fiction storytelling, the ...
May 25, 2022

Vox Media Studios has promoted several executives, the Vox Media division announced, following its acquisition of Group Nine.

The promotions are a testament to the studio’s investment in non-fiction storytelling, the company stated. Vox Media Studios is currently in production on more than 20 projects, and is producing series and films for outlets such as HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Discovery+ and Apple TV+.

Among the production executive promotions, Dana J. Olkkonen (pictured, left) has been upped to vice president of TV & film, after previously serving as head of content operations. She’ll oversee the entire Vox TV and film pipeline, working with partners to manage the studio’s business priorities including operational functions across DEI, communications and marketing.

Marina Stadler’s role has been expanded to head of production across Vox Media Studios, after working in the same position for Vox.com’s TV projects. Mallory Johns, meanwhile, was promoted to director of strategy and operations, where she’ll work with Vox Media Studios leadership and across divisions to facilitate strategic projects and initiatives. Johns previously worked as chief of staff, reporting to Vox Media Studios president Marty Moe.

Jeanne Sison has been promoted to head of post-production across the entire studio. Her team will include Rich Patten, newly hired as director of post-production, and Avery Stray, who has been promoted to senior post manager. The team also includes senior post manager Jon Hewett and art director Miles Ellis.

Vox Media Studios also announced a pair of creative executive promotions.

Max Heckman has been elevated to vice president of development, where he’ll oversee narrative and filmmaker-driven content. Heckman is behind a soon-to-be-announced six-part documentary series for HBO and The Future of… series for Netflix, with The Verge and 21 Laps Entertainment.

Joe Rivadeneira (pictured, right) is joining Vox Media Studios through the Group Nine acquisition, where he’ll continue in his role as vice president of development, overseeing premium unscripted formats and lifestyle content. Previously, he oversaw Messy History of American Food and Uprooted for Discovery+.

The reorganization follows Vox Media Studios’ promotions of Chad Mumm to chief creative officer, and Mark W. Olsen to SVP, TV & film.

“We have been incredibly thoughtful when it comes to building the infrastructure of Vox Media Studios,” Vox president Moe said in a news release. “Every year we continue to produce more series and films, conquer different formats, and work with new partners. Under the leadership of Chad and Mark, these executives have pushed boundaries and created award-winning work. The organization of our creatives and production teams will establish us as leaders in non-fiction and motivate us to create impactful and compelling content for today’s audience.”

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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