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Dean Devlin’s Electric Ups Dionne McNeff to Chief Operating Officer

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has promoted Dionne McNeff to chief operating officer, Variety has learned exclusively.

The appointment was announced Wednesday at the opening day of the American Film Market. McNeff will report directly to Devlin and will be responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations, legal matters and human resources.

McNeff, who joined the company in 2011, most recently worked for Electric as exec VP of operations and legal affairs. McNeff started her industry career as an assistant for Devlin on “Stargate,” then joined Roland Emmerich and Devlin at Centropolis Entertainment in 1995, initially as Devlin’s assistant on “Independence Day”; she later became VP  of the company.

Her credits include associate producer on “The Patriot” and executive in charge of production on “Godzilla.”  She was a civil litigator for several years before returning to work for Devlin at Electric in 2011.

“I couldn’t be more excited and proud to announce this promotion for Dionne, who has been a loyal and valuable member of our team since the beginning of my producing career,” Devlin said. “As Electric Entertainment continues to grow and expand, having an executive such as Dionne as our COO will be invaluable in the years to come.”

Electric is currently in post-production on its third season of “The Librarians” for TNT, and in post-production on the Warner Bros. film “Geostorm,” which marks Devlin’s feature directorial debut. The company is also in pre-production on the the thriller “Bad Samaritan,” shooting this winter, directed by Dean Devlin and starring David Tennant.

Electric Entertainment’s newly created domestic distribution division will release the Tribeca Film Festival title “The Book of Love,” starring Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel and Maisie Williams in early 2017.  The company most recently released “Blackway,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta, and the horror comedy “Fear Inc.,”  staring Lucas Neff and Caitlin Stasey.

Electric is currently selling international rights to Brad Silberling’s thriller “An Ordinary Man,” which stars Ben Kingsley. Electric’s sales division is also selling “Mercy Street,” a PBS drama series which premiered in January and is executive produced by Ridley Scott.

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