Endeavor Content Hires Tim Robinson as COO

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Endeavor Content has hired Tim Robinson as its new COO, in which he will assist in the company’s domestic and international growth strategy, Endeavor announced Tuesday.

In the newly created role, he will also oversee the company’s overall operations, which include business affairs, finance, HR and corporate development.

Most recently, Robinson served as COO of talent management and production company Avalon (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” “Catastrophe”). Before then, he was interim COO of Vertical Networks, Elizabeth Murdoch’s digital content studio.

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During his television career, Robinson also assisted in building Shine Group (“MasterChef,” “Biggest Loser”) into an international business of 27 companies. His roles at Shine included COO of Shine Australia and Deputy CEO of Metronome Group in Stockholm, as well as global COO of Shine Group in 2012. He also previously worked in business affairs at Celador (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”) and was a partner at media law firm, Sheridans. Robison will be based in Los Angeles.

“I am very excited to join the brilliant team at Endeavor Content and help them build a new platform for creative talent to develop, own and profit from their best ideas,” Robinson said.

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“Tim’s track record of leading media companies during their most pivotal stages of growth, his international background, and overall reputation within our industry makes him the ideal individual to help lead Endeavor Content as it continues to evolve. This hire underscores our commitment to providing a best in class experience to artists, content creators, and our partners,” Endeavor Content Co-Presidents Chris Rice and Graham Taylor added.

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Graham Taylor, Chris Rice Named Co-Presidents of WME and IMG’s New Division Endeavor Content

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Endeavor is restructuring WME and IMG’s film and scripted TV finance and sales groups to form a new division titled Endeavor Content, it announced Monday.

The new division will bring together WME Global and IMG’s entertainment sales groups which have financed, packaged an/or sold more than 100 films and TV shows in the most recent year — that includes the films “Arrival,” “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea.” In TV, this includes “The Night Manager” and “The Young Pope.”

Graham Taylor and Chris Rice will serve as co-presidents of Endeavor Content, and Endeavor Content partners Mark Ankner, Liesl Copland and Alexis Garcia will continue to lead the group’s advisory practice. All current WME Global and IMG entertainment sales team will transition to Endeavor Content.

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Joe Hipps is joining Endeavor as SVP of television, while Negeen Yazdi is joining as SVP of gilm. Hipps previously served as SVP of television for MRS where he oversaw “House of Cards” and “Ozark.” Yazdi previously served as president of international production and acquisitions at The Weinstein Company where she oversaw films like “The Imitation Game” and “Lion.”

“Joe and Negeen have distinguished themselves as executives with impeccable taste and a gift for shepherding high-quality, talent-driven work emblematic of the projects Endeavor Content will support,” said Rice and Taylor.

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Gary Marenzi will continue to lead international television sales for Endeavor Content. Endeavor also recently acquired Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s film financing and sales company Bloom, which will not be a standalone company under Endeavor Content.

“With the continued disruption taking place across the media landscape, we are forming Endeavor Content to enable talent to achieve better economics and more creative freedom,” said Graham Taylor.  “Through our ability to package content, access capital resources, and engage our global sales infrastructure, Endeavor Content provides a unique platform designed to empower artists and content creators,” added Rice.

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