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Career Moves: Ephraim Walker Heads to D Street Media Group, Courtney Ott Leaves Film Society for Cinetic and More

Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick.

“Fruitvale Station”

Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out last week’s Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why.

– The independent production and distribution company D Street Media Group has tapped Ephraim Walker to serve as President of Production of D Street Pictures. He will oversee the company’s film projects and its production unit. Previously, Walker worked closely with “Fruitvale Station” filmmaker Ryan Coogler to develop the successful indie film based on the 2008 killing of Oscar Grant by an Oakland Bart police officer.

“We’re excited to have Ephraim join our team to oversee D Street’s exciting slate of films and work closely with the development department. His appointment comes at a time when the company continues to expand our international reach,” says D Street Media Group’s CEO, Dexter Davis.

Walker will report directly to Davis and oversee several (very different) new productions, including the international heist film, “The Blue Mauritius,” the Irish comedy “Death Inc.,” a Brazilian motorcycle gang movie titled “Moto Anjos” and a New York City style rom-com called “Heaven Hath No Fury.”

– MTV veteran Lauren Dolgen is stepping down as Head of Reality Programming and EVP of Series Development. Her position will reportedly not be replaced. Dolgen was appointed to her position in March of 2015 after perviously serving as Head of West Coast Reality and EVP of Series Development.

"Teen Mom"

“Teen Mom”

During her run at the network, Dolgen helped shepherd such shows as “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” “Rob and Big,” “Viva La Bam,” “Wild Boyz,” “Buckwild,” “Ridiculousness,” the relaunch of “Real World” and the extremely popular “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” franchises. The news was first reported by Deadline.

– Courtney Ott has left her post at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where she served as Director of PR and Marketing since 2010, for a new job at Cinetic Marketing. Previously, Ott served as Vice President of Publicity at IFC Entertainment.

– Vimeo’s Jordan McGarry has joined Film London as its new Head of Talent Development and Production. McGarry previously served as Director of Curation for Vimeo. A Londoner, McGarry was with the online platform for five years. She worked on key projects such as Vimeo On Demand, Vimeo Brand Studios, Vimeo Originals and the prestigious Staff Picks channel.

– HBO comedy development executive Nick Hall has moved over to Amazon Studios as Head of Development for its comedy series department. Previously, he served as SVP Comedy at HBO.

While at the network, Hall worked on series like “Looking,” “The Comeback,” “Enlightened,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “How to Make It in America” and “Project Greenlight.” Before his run at HBO, Hall served as Manager of Comedy Development at Warner Bros TV. The news was first reported by Deadline.

– OddLot Entertainment has promoted Rachel Shane to President of Production and Development and Natalya Petrosova to CFO and Head of Operations. Shane joined OddLot as EVP Production in 2013, when she came over from Red Wagon Entertainment, where she held the same position and also served as an executive producer. Petrosova came to OddLot Entertainment in 2006 as SVP Finance and was promoted to EVP Finance in January 2014.

Genius

“Genius”

“We are well positioned to move into the next stage of the evolution of OddLot Entertainment under the leadership of Rachel and Natalya,” OddLot CEO Gigi Pritzker said. “With Rachel’s guidance, OddLot’s development team has done a terrific job shepherding projects like ‘Landline’ and ‘Genius’ while building a strong pipeline of film and television projects. With this team in place, we are now even better positioned to tell impactful stories in film and television with high caliber filmmakers and partners who share our vision for elevated entertainment.” The news was first reported by Deadline.

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