New president to oversee shows based on brands
Former Granada America topper Stephen J. Davis has been tapped to serve as president of Hasbro’s just-launched TV studio.Davis will oversee the Hasbro Studios output as it starts creating and producing shows based on Hasbro brands such as Trivial Pursuit and My Little Pony, as well as new content and programs from outside creators. Much of that content is being targeted for the new kids channel joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications. That means Davis will be working closely with Margaret Loesch, who was tapped to head the new channel — set for a fall 2010 launch — last month. Davis takes the Los Angeles-based Hasbro Studios job in September. “He has a strong creative background while also bringing us the full range of skills necessary to run a studio,” said Hasbro prexy-CEO Brian Goldner. At Hasbro, Davis will lead the studio’s team as they develop animated, live-action and gameshow projects, as well as digital and mobile content. Other projects in the works include “Romper Room,” “Scrabble,” “Cranium,” “G.I. Joe,” “Game of Life,” “Tonka” and “Transformers.” Davis was most recently CEO of Family Entertainment Group. He is also a producer on “Young Bucs,” a pirate-themed project in development at ABC Family, and managed the development/production venture of World Wrestling Entertainment and Southern Star Entertainment. Exec’s resume also includes stints as president of mobile and online media at InfoSpace and as VP of entertainment and media at Merv Griffin’s the Griffin Group. Davis ran Granada America when programs including “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Nanny 911″ and “The First 48″ were developed and produced. Davis was also an exec producer on the Emmy-nominated Granada America telepics “Pope John Paul II” and “Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story.”
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