Los Angeles, CA, June 17, 2009 â€“
, an award-winning independent producer of television and film, has been appointed
Chief Operating Officer
, it was announced today by company
President & CEO Alan Ett
AECG Entertainment President Peter Isacksen
. In the newly created post, which reports to Isacksen, Axelrod will oversee the strategic integration of all of the AECG companies which are emerging as pre-eminent providers of a range of services and content to the film, TV and other media communities.
â€œJonathan is a force of nature. His enormous experience as an independent producer and studio executive coupled with his extensive industry contacts and skill makes him a terrific asset for AECG. Iâ€™m thrilled to have him on board,â€? says Ett.
“Jonathan is a better pick up for us than Manny Ramirez was for the Dodgers,â€? says Isacksen. â€œI’m thrilled to be back in business with him.”
â€œI am delighted to become a part of AECG,â€? says Axelrod. â€œThere is a vacuum in this business for a dynamic multi faceted independent company and along with Alan and Peter, we will grow AECG into a major player in all aspects of media. This is an incredible opportunity for me to leverage a lifetime of experience with this very exciting company.â€?
Axelrodâ€™s prolific background in the film and television community is both rich and varied. His previous posts include serving as Vice President and Senior Executive of ABC-TV Prime Time, where he oversaw all comedy, drama and variety development, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Production, Columbia Television, and President of New World Pictures. Included among the many TV movies developed and supervised by Axelrod are the Emmy Winning Jericho Mile, and Friendly Fire.
As an independent producer, Axelrod produced the Emmy Award winning film Against the Wall, directed by John Frankenheimer for HBO. Among his other producer credits are the television movies, The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton (USA), The Price She Paid (CBS), and the syndicated series Hollywood Babylon.
While at Paramount Studios, Axelrod produced the drama series Sex, Lies and Secrets (UPN). He also produced a number of highly successful sitcoms including Daveâ€™s World (CBS), Canâ€™t Hurry Love (CBS), Brotherâ€™s Keeper (ABC), Movie Stars (WB) and Some of My Best Friends (CBS).
AECG is a community of companies founded in 1991 by Alan Ett, focused on building deep and long lasting relationships in the production community by providing a wide range of services and products. AECG is comprised of Newdance (
), a dynamic new division of AECG that focuses on developing creative concepts for strategic partnerships that unite brands and broadcasters with proprietary intellectual property: Opus 1 Music Library (
), one of the fastest growing music library companies in the world which distributes its own products internationally and is the exclusive US distributor for fourteen of the premier European music library labels and The Artist Series, which represents a stable of emerging bands and artists; Alan Ett Music Group (
) the music production, clearance and administration company; Opus 19 Music, a commercial music publishing arm; Media City Sound (MCS) (
), a full service audio post production facility and Creative Production Group (
), a media production company