The Broder-Webb-Chervin-Silbermann Agency has upped Dan Donahue to chief operating officer, a newly created post.
Donahue will oversee business affairs for BWCS while also taking on day-to-day oversight of operations at the tenpercentery. Contract administration, finance, IT and human resources will report directly to Donahue, who will remain actively involved in hammering out high-profile deals on behalf of the agency’s film and TV clients.
Partners Bob Broder, Elliot Webb, Ted Chervin and Chris Silbermann announced the promotion Thursday, issuing a joint statement calling Donahue “a strong leader (who) has had an immense impact on the agency’s business and culture. This promotion is a natural evolution.”
Silbermann said he and his partners decided to create a COO position because the agency has grown “significantly over the last couple of years.”
“It was no longer a good use of the partners’ time to manage day-to-day the business of running the agency while also doing deals and helping clients’ careers,” he said. “We needed someone to be the one to operate and run the business aspects of the company … and through his presence and charisma, Dan just evolved as a leader within the agency.”
Silbermann said Donahue “has been involved in every big negotiation” the agency has handled in recent years, repping clients such as James Burrows, Mark Johnson and Martha Williamson.
Donahue has been at BWCS since 1998 and was involved in the formation of the agency’s business affairs department. Previously he was a corporate lawyer at D.C.-based Hogan & Hartson, with clients such as News Corp.