Team shifts roster, preps ‘Total’

Team Entertainment Group has restructured its management and development team and is planning to attempt a syndie launch of “Total Recall: The Series” in fall 1998.

Paul Yamamoto has been named executive vice president of the company, in charge of day-to-day operations. He reports to Drew S. Levin, chairman and CEO of Team, and he is assuming the duties of Peter Keefe, who initially joined the company as a consultant and who has left to pursue other opportunities.

Yamamoto is charged with expanding Team, which was just formed last summer, into new areas such as telefilms and miniseries, as well as network primetime, cable and firstrun syndication.

Joining him on the development and production fronts are Meredith Metz, who has been upped to VP of drama development; Rob Morhaim, who has been named director of development and production; and Lisa Veatch, who has been upped to director of international sales.

Team struck a deal in January with Alliance Entertainment to handle international sales of “Total Recall,” which the company is now targeting for a fall 1998 syndication rollout. Team had considered launching the series in syndication or on cable this fall, but will now wait a year to roll out the weekly action hour, which is based on the feature film.

Aside from “Total Recall,” Team Entertainment is developing six episodes of a one-hour wildlife series for PBS and Discovery called “Capture” and six one-hour episodes of “Witness Protection Files” for the Learning Channel. The company also is producing a second season of “Amazing Tales” for the Animal Planet cabler.

Yamamoto has headed primetime drama development since he joined the company at its inception. Prior to that, he was executive VP at the Larry A. Thompson Organization. Metz served as director of development at Thompson, and in her new post, she’ll expand into children’s, reality and drama series, made-fors and minis.

Morhaim, formerly a producer for “Sightings,” will oversee development and production of nonfiction and children’s programming. He also used to work as a director of development at Arnold Shapiro Prods. Veatch, formerly manager of international operations, replaces Michael Jacobs, who has ankled the company for a position at Porchlight Entertainment. In her new post, Veatch will oversee international distribution for all series.

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