Garin assumes the role after three and a half years on the executive committee of Imagenation parent company Abu Dhabi Media Company.
Michael Garin was confirmed today as the new CEO of film financier Imagenation Abu Dhabi.
The appointment follows a shakeup at the company which saw the recent departures of former CEO Ed Borgerding, COO Stefan Brunner and production chief Rami Yasin.
In an employee memo, Mohammed Al Mubarak, Chairman Elect, Imagenation Abu Dhabi, stated:
“Michael’s deep experience in the industry, combined with his stellar relationships both internationally and in this region, will be a great asset to all of us.
As CEO, Michael will help us manage our key international partnerships, along with overseeing our local productions here in Abu Dhabi.
Over the last two years, Imagenation Abu Dhabi has been very successful in forging international partnerships that have helped put Abu Dhabi on the international film making map. We remain very committed to these partnerships. Their expertise and resource are crucial to our mission to contribute to the development of the film industry here in the UAE.”
Successors to Brunner and Yasin are expected to be announced in the coming weeks while ADMC Chief Financial Officer Frank Mooty is currently acting as CEO of Abu Dhabi Media Company.
Garin held the position of CEO of Central European Media Enterprises between 2004 - 07. He has also served as the Global Head to Media & Telecommunications Investment banking for ING and was COO of Internet technology company Digital Convergence.
Garin began his media career at Time Incorporated where he worked for Time, Fortune and Time-Life Television. He left Time Inc. to help co-found Telepictures which merged with Lorimar in 1984 to become one of the leading independent television outfits in the US. In 1989 the company was acquired by Warner Communications.