In a move designed to leverage its much coveted library, MGM has hired
Jason Weiss to head a new division dedicated to creating direct-to-video content.
As vice president of the new group Weiss will oversee an annual slate
of 12 or more films.
He will report to Charlie Cohen, MGM's senior
executive vice president, finance and corporate development.
Weiss has worked in feature film development and production for more
than 12 years and most recently served as an executive at MTV Films,
where he oversaw a slate of 25 projects including The Dirt, Black
Hole, The Suffering, and The Wheelman.
'As consumers around the globe continue to want to view films in both
the cinema and as well as in their homes, the demand for quality
direct-to-video productions will only increase,' MGM chief operating
officer Rick Sands said.
'One of MGM's primary activities is to continually replenish as well
as maximise revenues from its large catalogue of film and television
programming. Jason's breadth of experience coupled with his ability to
develop projects based on marketplace and cultural trends, makes him a
great addition to the MGM team.
Prior to MTV Weiss worked as an executive overseeing production and
development at Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions. His
career credits include Along Came A Spider, Don't Say A Word, Just My
Luck, Daredevil, and the upcoming New Regency comedy The Onion Sketch
Comedy Movie.