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Robert Halmi Sr. exits RHI Entertainment

Move comes as company expands beyond made-fors

In another major change at RHI Entertainment, Robert Halmi Sr. is exiting the company he founded decades ago to launch a new Gotham-based production shingle.

Halmi, who is 88, said he would continue to collaborate with RHI on projects that he’s already been developing. The move comes as RHI emerges from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and expands its focus beyond the made-fors that have been Halmi’s signature for decades. Halmi’s son Robert Halmi Jr. left his post as prexy and CEO of RHI in July.

“As our new management team re-focuses our production strategy, we intend to broaden our portfolio to include television series and other formats that have not traditionally been central to RHI’s business model,” said RHI board chairman Gabriel de Alba. “This new agreement is ideal for both parties. It ensures that our working relationship with Robert continues and that we can benefit from his singular creative vision, even as the company grows into new areas.”

Halmi Sr. said the new pact would allow him the “freedom to focus exclusively on what has inspired me from the beginning. I am thrilled to be able to continue to do what I have always loved the most.”

The Hungarian-born Halmi Sr. made his name as a producer of big-budget event movies and miniseries. Halmi hit his peak in the 1990s with a string of successful made-fors on NBC and ABC, including “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Odyssey,” “Noah’s Ark,” “Merlin” and “Alice in Wonderful.”

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