The post-Barry Diller-buyout reorganization of Universal TV continues with the appointment of Dan Filie as the studio’s exec in charge of worldwide drama production. U also announced on Monday plans to relocate its USA Latin America operations from Gotham to Miami.
Filie’s expanded responsibilities in the international arena come as the studio restructures its remaining TV operations in the wake of Barry Diller’s $4.07 billion buyout of most of U’s domestic TV assets. With Diller’s USA Networks Inc. now taking over the domestic production and distribution units, U is refocusing its remaining TV operations on foreign markets.
In the complex deal between U parent Seagram Co. and USA Networks, Diller’s company took over U’s domestic USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel cablers, while Universal retained control of the international offshoots, including USA Latin America.
With the HQ’s switch from Gotham to Miami, the hub of the Latin-American TV market, former USA Latin America general manager Mauricio Gerson has been named managing director of Universal Studios Networks Latin America & Brazil.
On the production side, meanwhile, Filie has been upped to senior veepee and executive in charge of worldwide dramatic production for Universal Television & Networks Group.
In the newly created post, Filie will handle developing of U’s TV programming for the international marketplace. He’ll also pursue co-production opportunities for the studio and other alliances with TV outfits in key international territories. Filie reports to Ned Nalle, U’s president of worldwide TV production.
Filie has been with Universal TV since 1990, most recently serving as senior VP of Universal TV Enterprises, where he was responsible for developing programming for firstrun syndication and cable. Before joining U, Filie served stints as a production and programming exec for NBC and ABC.