Chernin Entertainment hires former Red Arrow Studios boss Jan Frouman – Deadline



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EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment has hired former Red Arrow Studios chairman and CEO Jan Frouman.

Frouman joins the company, which is behind films like the Planet of the Apes franchise and Ford v. Ferrari and Apple series See, in an unspecified role. Chernin Entertainment representatives declined to comment.

Most recently, he was President of International at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook, which earlier this year took full control of German producer Telepool, where Frouman previously served as CEO.

It comes as Chernin Entertainment is eyeing its acquisition of Red Arrow, the production group behind series like Netflix’s. Love is blind and Amazon’s Bosch, although sources warn that his hiring is a coincidence rather than directly related to his interest in the European super-indies. Chernin Entertainment is seen as one of the many suitors who take a look at the company.

Love Is Blind, produced by Red Arrow Studios’ Kinetic Content
Courtesy of Adrian S. Burrows Sr./Netflix

Frouman was chairman and CEO of Red Arrow Studios, which is home to US production companies including Kinetic Content and The circus producer Left/Right, between 2010 and 2019. He previously worked in production and content acquisitions at parent company, European media giant ProSiebenSat.1, since 2004, after moving from private equity firm Saban Capital Group.

The full details of his role at Chernin Entertainment are unclear and it remains to be seen how Frouman will fit into the structure of the company as it continues to expand its film and television business.

Chernin Entertainment has ramped up its actions in recent years.

In February 2021, it established an unscripted studio run by former ESPN content chief Connor Schell, who was an executive producer on PB: Made in America and The last dance† It also struck a multi-year deal with Spotify to adapt its podcasts to TV and movie properties, and hired former CAA agent Vanessa Silverton-Peel to oversee.

Last year, the company also hired Bill McColdrick, former president of Original Content at NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks and Direct-to-Consumer, as EVP, Film and Television.

Red Arrow, meanwhile, is back on the market after ProSiebenSat.1 attempted to sell earlier in 2019, where it was valued at around $400 million.

In September 2019, ProSiebenSat.1 launched a strategic review of the company and attracted interest from the likes of Sony Pictures Television, All3Media and AMC Networks, as well as a number of private equity firms. However, it pulled the plug on the process in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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