Steifel ups Challis

Exec slides into prexy slot

Entertainment industry vet Annie Challis has been upped to prexy of Stiefel Entertainment Management, the talent shepherding arm of Stiefel Entertainment. The move puts Challis in the ranks of the music industry’s most powerful women execs.

Challis, who was previously veep at Stiefel Entertainment and whose duties included music video and soundtrack supervision, will oversee the operation of the company while guiding the careers of its management clients.

In addition to boasting Rod Stewart and Scott Weiland as clients, Stiefel Entertainment is a film and legit production outfit that has several features to its credit, including the recently released Warner Bros. pic “Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil.” The film arm is led by Anita Zuckerman.

“For 10 years, Annie has been someone I can depend upon and I treasure our relationship,” Rod Stewart told Daily Variety. “She has earned this (promotion).”

The firm is also expanding into Broadway and has a quartet of music-based productions in the works.

“Annie is a consummate professional and a loyal friend who never loses her focus or perspective,” said Arnold Stiefel, chairman of Stiefel Entertainment.

Challis, a 20-year music industry vet and former radio personality on the U.K.’s Capitol Radio, relocated to the U.S. in 1989 at the suggestion of Stiefel, joining his firm to focus its publicity efforts.

She quickly rose through into the firm’s management ranks and ascended to veep in 1992.

Stiefel Entertainment recently acquired Dominick Dunne’s “Another City Not My Own,” the No. 1 bestseller that glibly chronicles Hollywood in the aftermath of the O.J. Simpson trial.

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