Gulfstream Pictures has tapped Juliana Janes to oversee its recently launched television department.
As senior VP for television, Janes will report to company partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley and will head all of Gulfstream Television’s projects while also leading the effort in creating series for the company.
The hire is especially timely, given that Gulfstream Television has a new exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Television Group that includes its network, cable and digital production arms. The shingle’s first TV product is the Netflix animated series “Green Eggs and Ham,” which is being produced with A Very Good Production and A Stern Talking To in association with Warner Bros Animation, and distributed by Warner Bros. Television. It is slated to premiere in 2018.
“Since expanding our relationship formally into television with Warner Bros., we were eager to bring on-board the right executive to lead the way and break new ground for Gulfstream Television, and we found the perfect fit with Juliana, whose sensibilities are in sync with our own,” said Karz. “Her hands-on experience launching a new company is also a tremendous asset to our growing team.”
Added Bindley: “Juliana has broad experience with comedy, drama and unscripted television, and great relationships with talent, as well as the Warners executives.”
Janes comes from Vandalia Films, which she co-founded with actress Jennifer Garner. As exec VP since that shingle’s 2005 inception, she developed TV and feature projects, and oversaw Vandalia’s overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.
“I am inspired by this new opportunity to work with Mike and Bill and the Gulfstream family,” Janes said. “It’s always exciting to come in at the forefront of a venture, and Gulfstream Television is doing great stuff right out of the gate. I have so enjoyed working with the Warners executives so this seems an ideal move for me to a bigger company, and literally a walk across the lot.”
Gulfstream Pictures was formed in 2012, and is funded by Korea-based 3D stereoscopic leader Redrover Co. and a consortium of U.S. private equity funds. It’s known for films like the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Blended” and is in pre-production on “Mother’s Day” starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.