MGM TV Extends Top Execs’ Contracts Through 2016

Roma Khanna, Chris Ottinger, Steve Stark and John Bryan get a vote of confidence from the studio

MGM Television is holding on to its leadership for another two years.

The company has extended the contracts for several of its top executives through 2016. Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital; Chris Ottinger, President, International Television Distribution and Acquisitions; Steve Stark, President, Television Production and Development; and John Bryan, President, Domestic Television Distribution are the recipients of MGM TV’s vote of confidence.

“MGM television, under Roma’s direction, is stronger than ever, and is an important producer and distributor of content for television and digital platforms worldwide,” said MGM chairman and CEO, Gary Barber, in a statement. “This stellar senior executive team has contributed enormously to building the MGM Television group and spearheading its transformation into a formidable player in the industry.”

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Under this team, MGM TV has expanded in both domestic and international marketplaces. It has found success with current original series such as History Channel’s “Vikings” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” as it readies to premiere its adaptation based on feature film “Fargo” for FX.

Internationally, the company has expanded its sales team and has sold its theatrical releases globally, including “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Skyfall” and “21 Jump Street.”

Khanna said of the team, “Chris, Steve and John are crucial to MGM Television’s renaissance. Chris has skillfully introduced MGM content to emerging markets around the globe, offering our television shows and films on free, paid, and VOD platforms.

“Steve deftly shapes our creative vision on all the MGM television content audiences see on air. From ‘Fargo’ to ‘Vikings,’ to ‘Teen Wolf,’ he works closely with the creative teams and our broadcast partners to ensure quality among writing, directing and cast. With John’s years of experience and deep connections across major domestic station groups, he has expertly navigated MGM Television in the first-run syndication and distribution business. I look forward to continuing the television division’s success.”