Relativity Taps Steve Bertram as COO, CFO

Studio hires former Paramount Home Entertainment executive

Last Updated: January 27, 2011 @ 1:34 PM

As first reported by TheWrap, Relativity Media officially announced Thursday that it has hired former Paramount Home Entertainment executive Steve Bertram as its new COO and CFO.

Also read: 'Relativity Taps Paramount's Steve Bertram for Top Spot'

Bertram will oversee the day-to-day company operations for Relativity, including the building and managing of the company’s domestic and international distribution relationships.

Bertram, in his position as COO, will directly report to Relativity President Michael Joe, and to Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh for his duties as CFO. 

Bertram was the head of business operations for Paramount Home Video, and prior to that, the former CFO of DreamWorks and one of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s top deputies.

Here's the full Relativity announcement:

RELATIVITY MEDIA TAPS STEVE BERTRAM AS COO, CFO

(Beverly Hills, CA) January 27, 2011 – Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, LLC announced today that Steve Bertram, formerly the President of Business Operations for Paramount Home Entertainment, has joined the company as COO and CFO.

Bertram will oversee the day-to-day company operations for Relativity, including the building and managing of the company’s domestic and international distribution relationships. Bertram, in his position as COO, will directly report to Relativity President Michael Joe, and to Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh for his duties as CFO.  Prior to his position at Paramount, Bertram was CFO of Dreamworks and was involved in negotiating its sale to Viacom after the separation from DreamWorks Animation.

“We’re thrilled to have a seasoned veteran like Steve join our team,” said Kavanaugh. “He brings with him deep and extensive expertise at a time when our company has delivered on the promise of becoming a fully-functioning, full service studio. As our business ventures continue to grow, Steve’s expertise will prove invaluable.”

“Ryan has incredible vision and has built a strong and innovative company,” said Bertram. “I’m very excited to join Relativity as it continues to rethink what’s possible in the entertainment industry.”

"Steve's depth and breadth of experience combined with his personal and professional integrity and collaborative approach to business will be critically important as our company evolves," said Joe.  "We are thrilled to have Steve join our team."