Fresh off the acquisition of Fullscreen and Ellation, Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, is ingesting four top senior execs from its neighboring companies: AT&T and Fullscreen.
The company has appointed Andy Forssell as its chief operating officer, Sean Kisker as its chief strategy officer, Jennifer Cho as chief financial officer, and Alan Beard as its chief brand officer.
Two of the hires –Forssell and McBeard– formerly held key positions at Fullscreen Media, a subsidy of Otter Media that the company recently acquired full ownership of — along with Ellation– in a deal valued around $800 million.
Forssell most recently served as chief operating officer at Fullscreen, where he oversaw the company’s day-to-day operations and led technology and product development. He previously served as CEO of Showyou, a video aggregation service, and led Hulu’s content business, including its push into original programming.
Beard co-founded the award-winning social media creative agency McBeard, which specialized in social campaigns for media and consumer brands. After Fullscreen acquired McBeard in May 2015, Beard took a new position as Fullscreen’s chief marketing office, where he oversaw the company’s marketing and communications operations.
From 2003 to 2016, Kisker held senior positions at Lionsgate Entertainment, most recently as chief strategy officer, helping the company grow from $500 million to more than $5.6 billion in revenues. His responsibilities at Lionsgate included content strategy, deal structuring, capital allocation and risk management. Kisker received his BA in Russian studies from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Professional Circle of Communities in Schools LA (CISLA), and a member of the Creative Council for the anti-corruption group Represent US.
Cho joins Otter with more than 25 years of experience in banking, corporate finance, treasury, corporate development and financial operations. She has held senior leadership positions at AT&T, DIRECTV and Gap Inc. Most recently she served as CFO of AT&T Entertainment Group’s Technology & Operations division, with responsibility for expense and capital management, financial analysis and execution against cost structure initiatives.
Alan Beard co-founded the award-winning social media creative agency McBeard, which specialized in social campaigns for media and consumer brands. Fullscreen acquired McBeard in May 2015. Beard previously served as chief marketing officer at Fullscreen, where he oversaw the company’s marketing and communications operations.