MarVista Entertainment continues its growth by kicking off 2018 with the appointments of a new Chief Financial Officer and Head of Global Distribution; the expansion of its business and legal affairs division; and several key executive management promotions.
MarVista has named Darrell Cross as the Chief Financial Officer who will be responsible for overseeing financial operations and growth opportunities, leveraging new business models and capital management. Jody Cipriano has been appointed Head of Global Distribution and will be responsible for spearheading worldwide cross-platform content sales and acquisitions, and Rod Rodrigo, reporting to Cipriano, has been promoted to VP of International Sales, based in the U.K. Cross and Cipriano will report directly to MarVista CEO Fernando Szew
In business and legal affairs, Kenny Christmas has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs and will continue to oversee the negotiating and shaping of business transactions in the areas of development, production, finance and distribution of television and film. Christmas will continue to report to Szew. Former Fox Television executive Janet Savage joins MarVista as SVP of Business and Legal Affairs, reporting into Christmas.
“As MarVista moves into 2018, our focus remains on meeting the demands of our clients and partners by continuing to provide consistent high-quality content", commented Szew: We welcome Darrell, Jody and Janet and look forward to continuing working with Kenny and Rod, all of whom are incredible assets to our operation. This year promises to be another banner year of growth for MarVista, and I am proud of the talented team we are putting in place to drive our next phase of growth.”
A media and entertainment executive with a broad 20-year career in both domestic and international finance and business, Cross has proven his financial and business acumen in the telecommunications, technology and entertainment sectors. Most recently, he held the dual posts of Chief Operations Officer/Chief Financial Officer for Wild Card, responsible for the financial operations of the company and oversight of the formation of 3AM Creative Group, a social media marketing company geared towards the development of new forms of content. Prior to Wild Card, Cross was the Chief Financial Officer for Deluxe Media.
Prior to joining MarVista, Cipriano, 20-year industry veteran, served as Senior Vice President Worldwide Distribution at Cinetel Films, Inc., where she oversaw all facets of sales and distribution. She joined Cinetel in 2003 from KirchMedia’s Los Angeles office, handling acquisitions. Previously, she has held posts as VP of International Sales for Promark Entertainment Group and Filmstar, Inc.
Savage, SVP Business and Legal Affairs, joins MarVista from FOX, where for 20 years she held the post of VP Business and Legal Affairs and served as a consultant for various divisions advising on program production and development, broadcast agreements, digital content, talent negotiations, strategic partnerships and advertising deals for Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Television, Twentieth Century Fox Television and DirecTV, among others. Prior to FOX, Savage was VP Business Affairs for The Walt Disney Company. She started her career in Silicon Valley at Wilson Goodrich & Rosati, handling venture capital and licensing for tech start-ups.