The Magical Elves executive team has been set with company veterans Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon ascending to the C-Suite, Tinopolis U.S. Chairman and A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Founder & CEO Arthur Smith announced today.
Magical Elves EVP of Current Programming Casey Kriley will now serve as the company’s chief operating officer, and the company’s EVP of Development Jo Sharon has been promoted to chief content officer. Toby Gorman will serve as Magical Elves interim chief executive officer, while continuing in his role as A. Smith & Co. Productions president of entertainment.
“For the past seventeen years at Magical Elves, I’ve been honored to work with a team of incredibly talented individuals, and to help to build a company with shared values and goals,” said Magical Elves COO Casey Kriley. “At a time of such exciting and dynamic growth, I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue our brand, and to create aspirational programming with outstanding colleagues.”
“Magical Elves is a very special company filled with incredible people I’ve had the privilege of working with over the last ten years. I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together and even more eager to implement our vision for the next chapter,” added Magical Elves CCO Jo Sharon.
“With these appointments, we’re supercharging Magical Elves and planning for the future. Casey and Jo have done a phenomenal job leading the Elves for years, and now it’s time to recognize their contributions, and see them take the reins. They have long been instrumental to the success that Magical Elves has enjoyed. Toby, who has done such an amazing job in his current role at A. Smith, will temporarily add his expertise to this excellent team of accomplished individuals. We’re setting the stage for a new generation of hits that we’ll be announcing in the future,” said Tinopolis U.S. Chairman and CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions Arthur Smith.
Casey Kriley joined Magical Elves in 2001 and served as EVP of current programming and as executive producer on “Top Chef,” “Top Chef Jr.,” “Nailed it!,” “Sugar Rush,” “Cold Justice,” “Time of Death,” “In Defense Of,” “All In With Cam Newton,” “Cleveland Hustles” and co-executive producer on “Project Runway,” “The Real L Word,” as well as supervising producer on “Project Greenlight.” In her tenure at Magical Elves, she has received an Emmy, 13 Emmy nominations, three GLAAD nominations, six Producers Guild nominations, a Peabody Award and an IDA Documentary Award.
Jo Sharon previously served as EVP of development at Magical Elves, and was behind “Nailed It!,” “Sugar Rush,” “Chasing Cameron,” “Top Chef Jr.,” “Cold Justice,” “In Defense Of,” “All In w/ Cam Newton,” “Time of Death,” “Fashion Star” “and “Gallery Girls.” She joined Magical Elves in 2010 after stints at Nash Entertainment, Renegade 83 and IMG Entertainment.
In addition to his new role as Magical Elves interim CEO, Toby Gorman continues in his role as president of entertainment at A.Smith & Co. Productions. He serves as executive producer on “The Titan Games” with Dwayne Johnson on NBC, and on “Mental Samurai,” with Rob Lowe, premiering March 19 on FOX. Gorman also served as executive producer on “Death by Magic,” for Netflix. Prior to joining A. Smith, Gorman served as executive vice president of alternative programming at FremantleMedia.
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