UCP And universal televisionEach of Universal Studios Group’s divisions has brought in an SVP-level development executive. Lee Daniels Entertainment President Mark Velez Head of Development for UCP, SVP is named, Jennifer Gwartz, EVP, reporting to UCP. former netflix executive Naketha Mattox Joins Universal Television as SVP, Vivian Cannon, EVP, Drama Development, Drama Development reporting to UTV.
Velez will replace Garrett Kemble, who left UCP last summer to join Anonymous Content’s AC Studios.
“Mark is a rare executive who is entrepreneurial, creative, and a partner to our talent and buyers,” said Beatrice Springbourne, president of UCP and Universal International Studios. “We are fortunate to have led our creative team, representing the best of the best as we continue to grow and develop our slate.”
During his nearly six years as president of Lee Daniels Entertainment, Velez developed and executive produced wonder years (ABC), “people like us” (fox), Ms. Pat Show (BET) and Sammy Davis Jr. Limited series (Hulu). In addition, he leads the Lee Daniels Inclusion Fund, which supports up-and-coming diverse voices. Prior to this, Velez was SVP at Imagine Television, where he developed Lee Daniels. Empire Worked for Fox and on Netflix arrested Development.
Mattox was most recently at Netflix, where she started the family film division in 2018. She went into a wave of layoffs in May, which greatly affected the unit.
“Naketha has impeccable taste, stellar instincts and a strong background in character-driven storytelling,” Cannon said. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the UTV family!”
During Mattox’s Netflix tenure, the Family Films division produced 18 films, including Ninja Stewart’s feature directorial debut. tall girlSofia Carson Starrer feel the beatAddison Rae’s Feature Debut That is all and 2020 Tribeca Winner for Best Narrative Feature, Alice Wu’s half of itas well as a limited series produced by John Choo Thai Cave RescueTop 10 shows on netflix recently. Prior to Netflix, Mattox was VP, Original Movies, Disney Channels Worldwide, where he oversaw the Disney Channel Original Movie department and hits. descendants Franchise directed by Kenny Ortega. Prior to this, she was the head of development for Gary Ross’s Larger Than Life Productions based at Universal and an executive at Paramount Pictures.