Channel Zero, the company that owns Hamilton-based CHCH-TV and a handful of specialty channels including Rewind and Silver Screen Classics, has announced it’s launching a studio division.
Channel Zero Studios will develop and produce original scripted content with the new division to be led by Jennifer Chen, the company’s former VP of Programming, who steps into the role of Head of Studios and VP of Content.
In a release, the company says it will build on its partnership with Motion Content Group, Group M’s content and rights management division, to collaborate with both domestic and international production partners. Channel Zero Studios expects to be in production on its first series in the first quarter of 2020.
“This is an exciting time for Channel Zero as we embark on this next phase of the company’s growth and evolution. For years, we have been proud supporters and broadcast partners for series that have found global success. Now, we look forward to playing a more strategic role in seeking out, nurturing, and producing original productions for audiences around the world,“ said Romen Podzyhun, Chairman & CEO, Channel Zero, in a release. “Jennifer is the natural choice to lead this new venture. Her broad expertise in programming, distribution, and marketing across film and television will be integral to the success of Channel Zero Studios.”
“I am thrilled to lead this new chapter in Channel Zero’s evolution and collaborate with creators, producers, and partners, both Canadian and international, to bring to life compelling and dynamic stories for all platforms,” added Chen. “This is an incredibly transformative time for the global television industry and we are excited to expand our business and our legacy by actively exploring opportunities to turn innovative ideas into profitable entertainment.”
Chen takes over the role effective immediately and assumes leadership of the division with a focus on building out the development slate, overseeing project financing, and fostering stronger relationships with global industry partners.
Chen first joined Channel Zero in 2006 and has helped secure several notable acquisitions and commissioned original programming, including Wynonna Earp, The Pinkertons, and Inside the Story. Prior to joining Channel Zero, she was General Manager of Ouat Media, overseeing sales and distribution of over a dozen Oscar-nominated and award-winning titles. She’s also held roles at the Canadian Film Centre, TIFF, Cannes Film Festival, and Hewlett Packard.
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