“Prison Break” exec producer Dawn Parouse is set to join Media Rights Capital’s television arm as its No. 2 exec under prexy Keith Samples.
Parouse most recently ran her own production shingle at 20th Century Fox TV under an overall deal at the studio. Before that, she was partnered with Marty Adelstein as co-principal of Adelstein/Parouse Prods., which put “Prison Break” on the air.
At MRC, she’ll help Samples navigate the rapidly expanding company, which has quickly garnered several on-air series commitments from broadcast and cable nets.
MRC shows in the works include ABC’s animated entry “The Goode Family,” HBO’s “The Life and Times of Tim,” Comedy Central’s “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire,” MTV/CMT’s “Name That Tune” and Lifetime’s sitcom “Rita Rocks.”
Then there’s the CW Sunday night lineup, which MRC will program with two more dramas, a comedy and a reality show.
As a result, Samples has been looking to expand the TV division’s small staff in recent weeks. Parouse comes armed with a solid development background as well as managerial skills, having run several production shingles over the past decade.
Parouse and Adelstein split in 2006, sealing their own separate deals at 20th. They had formed their own shingle after Adelstein and Neal Moritz ended their Original TV partnership in 2004; Parouse had been serving as president of Original TV under Adelstein and Moritz since 2002.
Before Original, Parouse was an independent producer (“Septuplets”) and had co-founded the production shingle Bandeira (MTV’s “Fear”). Parouse also spent time as an exec at MTV and MTV Prods., and worked early in her career in first-run syndication.