Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the co-founders of Imagine Entertainment, have tapped as the new CEO of their company media veteran Rich Battista, reports Variety.
The Variety story notes that Battista “takes the reins after a long career in media, most recently as president and chief executive officer of Time Inc., where he helped oversee the publisher’s $2.8 billion sale to Meredith Corp. Battista also ran Mandalay Sports Media, an early-stage media and content company, and spent 18 years at Fox, rising to become president of its national cable networks.”
At one time Battista was also the CEO of Gemstar-TV Guide.
In a statement Howard and Grazer said, according to Variety, “We are excited to have Rich join Imagine. He brings with him a unique perspective and years of expertise and experience growing and expanding businesses, and we are confident in his ability to build upon Imagine’s success.”
Battista replaces Charlie Corwin, who spent less than a year at Imagine.