Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners has promoted veteran executive Chris Floyd to chief operating officer and general counsel.
Floyd had previously served as general counsel and head of business affairs. He joined Amblin’s predecessor company, DreamWorks Studios, in 2007.
“Chris has been an integral part of our team for many years and his superb judgement and wise counsel have served us incredibly well,” Amblin Partners CEO Michael Wright and President and Co-CEO Jeff Small said. “We are very happy to recognize his many contributions and to expand his role as we look to the future.”
Floyd was a key member of the team that helped create Amblin Partners in December as a successor to DreamWorks with a cash infusion led by Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media as well as by Reliance Entertainment of India and Entertainment One of Canada.
Floyd will continue to oversee business and legal affairs, as well as all corporate legal matters. He will add oversight of international distribution and various other operations of the company, reporting to Wright and Small. He fills the chief operating officer slot filled by Small, who was promoted in January to President/Co-CEO from the President/COO post.
Prior to DreamWorks Studios, Floyd was senior VP of business affairs at Universal Pictures, where he negotiated individual talent agreements, producer term deals, and co-financing arrangements for the motion picture group. He also handled all business affairs activities for many on-lot producers, including Playtone and Double Feature Films.
Before joining Universal, Floyd was senior VP of business affairs for Paramount Pictures and also led the business affairs team acquiring movies for Paramount Classics. Floyd began his law career as an associate entertainment litigator at Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger and represented Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
In 1993, he joined the feature legal affairs department of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures before moving into business affairs two years later. While at Disney, he was the primary business affairs executive for on-lot producers and directors such as Larry Kasdan and Caravan Pictures.