Myriad nabs Herne

Exec to be sr. VP, worldwide TV

Indie production, financing and sales company Myriad Pictures has appointed Mary Herne senior VP of worldwide television.

Based in L.A., Herne will report directly to the company’s president, Kirk D’Amico, for all development and production matters, and to exec veep Eric Christenson for distribution.

Herne will be responsible for expanding and strengthening Myriad’s TV business, identifying and negotiating strategic acquisitions, selling the company’s existing programs in domestic and international markets and looking for co-production partners to develop TV programming.

Company’s TV library includes the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen features “Holiday in the Sun,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Winning London” as well as the Erika Christensen-Busy Philipps starrer “Home Room.” Other titles include the documentary “Goldwyn,” narrated by Dustin Hoffman, about Samuel Goldwyn’s life and career in Hollywood.

Herne will be at the National Assn. of Television Program Executives confab to meet with potential co-production partners and to present Myriad’s TV slate, to which it holds all international rights.

“It is our goal to build up the TV part of our business, and I am confident that Mary is the right person to do this for us,” said D’Amico.

Prior to joining Myriad, Herne worked for eight years as senior VP of international distribution and development for Playboy Entertainment Group. Prior to Playboy, she founded Public Television Intl., PBS’ first centralized international program distribution organization serving public TV affiliates. She also worked at LBS Communications and ESPN, among other companies.

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