Veteran entertainment executive Sami Kim Falvi has been nominated president of PictureStart.
Falvey joins the Upstart production company where he will oversee all scripts and unpublished efforts on content in all film, television, audio and print media. He will report directly to Eric Feig, former chairman of Liongate Motion Picture Group and founder and CEO of Picturestart.
Falvey joined the store from Imagine Entertainment, where he has served as chairman of Television since 2001.
“Sami is an incredible storyteller and man who is equally adept at finding incredible storytelling people and people and bringing out the best in them. We’re not too excited to see what he can bring to the powerful slate we’ve already put together and created The new creativity he can bring to the PictureStart family, using the full array of financing and distribution opportunities we can give, ”said Fig.
Falvey joins an aggressive growth time for the company, Six feature films and three series have been launched in the last year and there is additional volume across digital and audio. She will lead the team, including Emily Wisink and Luke Essellen, co-presidents of both productions of the series; Featuring Jessica Switch, Lucy Kitada, Royce Reeves-Derby and Julia Hammer; And in the audio, Vice President Emanuel Stahler.
“I am thrilled to be joining Eric and the amazing Picturestart team in these first days of creating a premier studio / production company. Eric’s exceptional track record of making filmmakers champions and creating wildly successful franchises has plunged Picture Start at this turbulent time. I am keen to dive and I sincerely believe in the mission of the company, ”he said.
Imagine the development and production of eight series to his credits and Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol”, “Swagger”, “U-Tang: An American Saga,” “Why Women Kill,” and “Miss Pat.”
Falvey previously served as chief content officer at M4, a mobile content enterprise from Verizon and Extraordinary TV. Prior to that, she worked as an EVP in comedy development and international script at ABC, “Modern Family,” “Black-Ish,” “Fresh of the Boat,” “The Goldberg,” “The Middle,” “American Housewife,” and “Happy endings. “
He began his career at Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox TV Studios where he spent eight years as an executive. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyan College, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees, serving on the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Student Affairs. Falvey was a board member of the Getty House Foundation and a senior media adviser to Power to Decide for more than fifteen years.
PictureStart’s upcoming projects include Lionsgate’s big video game adaptation “Borderlands”, “Luckyest Girl Alive” on Netflix and “Sharper” for Apple TV Plus.