RLJ Entertainment Promotes Mark Ward to Chief Acquisitions Officer, Feature Films and Hires Angela Northington As Sr. VP Content Acquisitions, UMC Urban Movie Channel
Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) â€“ Â RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE), founded by Robert L. Johnson, has promoted Mark Ward to Chief Acquisitions Officer, Feature Films and hired Angela Northington as its new Senior Vice President Content Acquisitions, UMC. Ms. Northington will pursue acquisitions for RLJEs urban brand, UMC, while Mark will continue to oversee feature film acquisitions for both Image and UMC. Their acquisitions will be distributed in multiple formats including theatrical and non-theatrical, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming, including the recently launched UMC – Urban Movie Channel, RLJEs proprietary digital channel focused on urban-themed movies. RLJ Entertainments CEO Miguel Penella made the announcement today.
For the past year, Mr. Ward has been the lead acquisition executive for all of RLJEs feature films. He has acquired an impressive slate of titles, including THE REWRITE (Feb. 2015) starring Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons; and THE COBBLER (March 2015) starring Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, and Method Man. For the previous four years, Mr. Ward was instrumental in obtaining cast-driven feature films for distribution on television, box-office, VOD, digital platforms and packaged media for RLJ Entertainments Image Entertainment brand. Before Image, Ward was VP of Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Ms. Northington has over 15 years of experience in the Urban entertainment space, working for such companies as Revolt TV, Sean Diddy Combs new cable network; CodeBlack Entertainment; and Simmons Lathan Media Group, the media company founded by mogul Russell Simmons and TV producer Stan Lathan. Ms. Northington joined RLJE on March 2.
Miguel Penella, CEO of RLJ Entertainment, said, “Mark has been instrumental in growing RLJ Entertainments feature film business, so we are delighted to promote him to our Chief Acquisitions Officer. With the recent launch of the UMC digital channel, our Chairman Robert L. Johnson and I were looking for the right person to grow the UMC brand and our urban library. With 15 years of experience in the urban market and her close relationships with established and emerging content producers, Angela is an ideal addition to the RLJE team.” Mr. Ward and Ms. Northington are based in RLJEs West Coast office in Woodland Hills, CA.
About RLJ Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee, and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), UMC (urban), Acacia (fitness), Athena (documentaries), and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming.
Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE owns 64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. RLJE also owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyles War.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, Acorn TV, Acacia TV, and UMC, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites and print catalogs for the Acorn and Acacia brands, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.