COS COB, link–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (NASDAQ: CSSE) chairman and chief executive officer, William J. Rouhana, today announced the formation of a new senior management team drawn from Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and Redbox. As previously announced, entertainment and broadcasting industry veterans Galen C. Smith, executive vice president, and Jonathan Katz, president, will lead this leadership team in a number of areas to support the company’s rapid growth. Both Smith and Katz will report to Rouhana.

The Chicken Soup for Soul Entertainment management team will consist of:

Galen Smith, executive vice president of Redbox and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, will oversee all long-term planning for the company, including strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate services. Reporting to him:

  • Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, Peter Binazeski – Leads the company’s corporate communications and public relations;

  • Head of People, Marisa Famulare – Continues to lead all people functions;

  • Chief Innovation Officer, Jason Kwong – Shifts duties in newly expanded role incubating and developing future growth areas for the combined business;

  • Chief Financial Officer, Chris Mitchell – Continues responsibility for all financial operations, capital structure and investor relations;

  • Head of Strategy, Elana Sofko – Continues to manage M&A activities and international expansion; AND

  • Chief Legal Officer Fred Stein – Expands his role at Redbox to oversee all legal, business and risk management matters.

Jonathan Katz, president, will oversee day-to-day operations, including the company’s broadcast, kiosk, distribution and studio businesses. Reporting to him:

  • Chief Operating Officer and President, Redbox Service, Michael Chamberlain – Continues to oversee operations of the Redbox kiosk business and lead the growing kiosk service business;

  • Chief Executive Officer, Studios, David Ellender – Continues to lead the Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group, developing and producing original content for all owned and operated platforms, now including Redbox kiosks and broadcast, as well as third-party productions;

  • Head of Acquisitions and Distribution David Fannon – Continues to oversee all domestic and international content acquisition and distribution, expanding his remit to include Redbox and continues in his role as President of Screen Media Ventures;

  • Chief Marketing Officer Mike Feldner – Adds the combined company to his role at Redbox, leading all marketing, brand and creative services, along with leading the company’s analytics and insights team;

  • Chief Revenue Officer Philippe Guelton – Expands role to lead all sales and advertising operations and revenue partnerships across the company; AND

  • Chief Digital Officer Adam Mosam – Adds to his responsibilities oversight of the company’s broadcast businesses, including product, technology and platform delivery.

“Our new senior management team brings together some of the best executives in the broadcast and entertainment business and positions us for continued success,” said Bill Rouhana, chief executive officer and chairman, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “Our company is growing rapidly – ​​especially after the recent acquisition of Redbox. As we continue to grow, this team has the knowledge, skills and drive to build a great company that delivers premium entertainment to value-conscious consumers. I am very excited about the future of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.”

About chicken soup for the entertainment of the soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services. The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a number of ad-supported VOD streaming services, including Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Popcornflix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its subsidiaries Screen Media and 1091 Pictures and produces original video content through Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group. The company recently acquired Redbox, which operates a fast-growing digital streaming service that offers ad-supported (AVOD) and pay-per-view movies from Hollywood studios and hundreds of content partners, as well as over 145 free-to-air television channels. ad-supported (FAST). . Redbox also operates its popular kiosks across the US in thousands of retail locations – giving consumers affordable access to the latest entertainment. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the popular book series and produces super premium pet foods under the Chicken Soup for Soul brand name.

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