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Stein casts Alchemy spell

ICM tube guru new head of international distrib

Carrie Stein, former head of longform TV for ICM, has been named chief exec of Alchemy Television.

Alchemy is the international producer-distributor of event programming including “Karol: A Man Who Became Pope,” for Mediaset, CBC and Hallmark Channel and “H2O” for CBC and Hallmark.

Stein ankled ICM in January after an 11-year tenure (Daily Variety, Jan. 31).

She will now oversee all aspects of Alchemy’s business, including program finance, packaging, production and distribution. Shingle just closed a finance deal worth $220 million that will allow the company to produce up to 36 productions over the next three years.

Stein said she chose to join Alchemy, a former client, because she believed in the company’s “creative instincts.”

“They’re generating their own slate of material and are incredibly connected to the creative communities in Canada and Europe,” she said. “The advantage this company has is that they focus on international co-production, which is a booming business.”

Stein will continue to be based in Los Angeles and work with Alchemy founders Simon Vaughan, Nick Witowski and David Wyler. Shingle also has brought in John Harrington, former finance director for Power Television, to serve as chief operating officer.

Chief priority for the exec will be beefing up Alchemy’s profile in the U.S.

“High-end events, whether movies or miniseries, are huge around the world. Few are still interested in buying standard movies-of-the-week,” she said. Alchemy will “offer executives here ways to do event programming” without breaking the bank.

Company’s long-term plans are to expand into other areas and genres like reality, Stein added. Shingle is in pre-production on the $15 million mini “Mutiny on Everest.”

Before leaving ICM, Stein packaged ABC’s “Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II” and upcoming 9/11 miniseries; the CBS/Robert Ludlum four-hour “Covert One: The Hades Factor”; and AMC’s summer oater “Broken Trail,” starring and exec produced by Robert Duvall. She previously served as a development exec for Cosgrove-Meurer Prods.