×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Touchstone takes dramatic step

Patmore, Barry tapped; Calfo named consultant

Things are getting a little more dramatic at Touchstone Television: The studio has recruited two new execs to head up its drama team.

Suzanne Patmore has been named vice president of drama series, heading up the department, while Josh Barry has joined as director of drama series. Barry reports to Patmore while Patmore will report to Touchstone TV exec veepee Steve McPherson, who made the announcement Thursday.

“They both bring an incredibly passionate outlook and a diverse, individual set of skills to the table,” McPherson said. “Solidifying this department completes the rebuilding of the studio’s creative team.”

In conjunction with the restructuring, Francie Calfo, who had been vice president of drama series, will now serve as a consultant to the drama division. Calfo, who continues to report to McPherson, will oversee “Gideon’s Crossing” and other drama projects.

“Francie has been an invaluable part of the Touchstone creative team,” McPherson said. “She had made a decision to better balance her professional and family life, and we’re thrilled to keep her in the Touchstone family.”

Patmore most recently served as a senior exec at Mutual Film Co., where she oversaw the development and production of feature films and cable projects. Patmore was also senior veepee of development at Bedford Falls, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s production company (“Once and Again”).

Barry comes to Touchstone from Paris Barclay’s Harparbar production label; he also spent four years at Steven Bochco Prods.

Touchstone began its restructuring in September, forming a comedy department under vice president Julia Franz (Daily Variety, Sept. 7).

More TV

  • Spongebob Squarepants Mr Kiasu

    Singapore Comiccon: Spongebob Squarepants Collides With Local Character Mr Kiasu

    Enormously popular Nickelodeon character, SpongeBob SquarePants is 20 this year. To commemorate the anniversary Nickelodeon commissioned Singaporean artist Johnny Lau, creator of iconic local animated character Mr Kiasu, to draw a coffee table book converging the wildly diverse worlds of the two. Lau released the book “Mr Kiasu Meets SpongeBob SquarePants” at the Singapore ComicCon [...]

  • America's Got Talent Simon Cowell

    Simon Cowell Lawyers Up From Abroad as 'America's Got Talent' Investigation Begins (EXCLUSIVE)

    “America’s Got Talent” executive producer Simon Cowell has set his legal representation for an investigation into the NBC competition series, which was announced by the network this week after a lengthy meeting with ousted judge Gabrielle Union. Cowell has hired Larry Stein, a longtime litigator in Hollywood and media spaces, multiple individuals familiar with the [...]

  • Ryan Reynolds' Aviation Gin Hijacks 'Peloton

    Ryan Reynolds Hijacks 'Peloton Wife,' Wrings New Buzz From Old Ad Trick

    The “Peloton Wife” is on the verge of striking up a new relationship outside her marriage The actress who plays the controversial Madison Avenue figure in a commercial for the luxury physical-fitness company is back in a new ad campaign – for another marketer that has little to do with promoting a healthy lifestyle. Aviation [...]

  • Shefali Shah in Delhi Crime

    'Delhi Crime’ Wins Big at Asian Academy Creative Awards

    Richie Mehta’s harrowing Netflix series “Delhi Crime” was the big winner at the 2nd annual Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore on Friday. Representing the show, lead actress Shefali Shah was rushed off her feet as she repeatedly had to return to the stage. “Delhi Crime” earned her best actress in a leading role, best [...]

  • KARNAWAL

    ‘Karnawal,’ ‘Restless,’ ‘Summer White,’ ‘Firsts’ Win Big at Ventana Sur

    BUENOS AIRES  — With Ventana Sur now firing on multiple cylinders, featuring pix-in post or project competitions for not only art films but also genre pics and animation – two sectors embraced by young creators in Latin America – “Karnawal,” “Restless,” “Summer White” and  “Firsts” proved big winners among Ventana Sur’s arthouse and animation competitions, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content