Katie O’Connell Exiting Newly Rebranded Gaumont TV; Gene Stein Named President

Gaumont is consolidating all television divisions, now under the name Gaumont Television. Gene Stein will serve as president, stepping in, as current CEO Katie O’Connell departs.

The newly rebranded Gaumont Television will house the Los Angeles-based Gaumont International Television, plus the Paris-based Gaumont Television Europe and Gaumont Animation.

Stein hails from Sonar Entertainment where he’s been CEO since May 2014. In the newly created position of president at Gaumont TV, Stein will supervise and run the global company in the U.S., reporting to Gaumont’s vice CEO Christophe Riandee, who commented, “Gene is the perfect person to lead our U.S. operations as we head into the next phase of our global growth.”

Of O’Connell leaving the company, Riandee added, “Katie expressed an interest in closing her chapter at Gaumont and we are grateful for all of the success she brought to this division. We are very proud of ‘Hannibal,’ ‘Hemlock Grove’ and ‘Narcos’ that Katie shepherded from concept to screen.”

At Sonar, Stein was responsible for the overall creative direction and strategic management of the company. He exec produced MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles”, WeTV’s “South of Hell” and Tom Hardy’s “Taboo” miniseries for BBC and FX, all of which are set to premiere in the next year.

Before Sonar, Stein was president of television at BermanBraun where he developed and produced drama, comedy and unscripted series. He was also an exec producer at ABC Studios for eight years, and worked at CBS for five years where he helped launch “Everybody Loves Raymond,” among other shows.

Also reporting to Riandee at the re-organized Gaumont Television will be Isabelle Degeorges, head of French-language productions; Elizabeth Dreyer, head of European co-productions; Pierre Belaïsch, president of animation; and Erik Pack, president of international distribution.

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