Jeff Kleeman, former president of Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production, has been appointed as the new CEO of Bold Films.
DeGeneres’ former producing partner replaces Gary Michael Walters, who left Bold Films in March after two decades with the company and has now launched his own media venture, Walters Media Group.
As CEO, Kleeman – who transitioned from a studio executive to a producer, screenwriter and showrunner – will report to Bold Films chairman David Litvak.
“It is an honor to work with David and his team to further expand the company’s diverse library of elevated motion pictures, scripted and unscripted television, animation and franchises that deliver unforgettable emotional experiences to audiences around the world.” Kleeman said in a statement.
In his new role, Kleeman will be responsible for overseeing the company’s operations and expansion plans. He will work with Jon Oakes, executive vp of development and productions, and creative executive Sophia Kalin.
Oakes has been key to developing and producing Bold Films’ film credits, including whiplashdirected by Damien Chazelle, Nightcrawlerstarring Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed and directed by Dan Gilroy, and motivation, with Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks.
“I am delighted to welcome Jeff to lead the company and help us build new relationships in the US and abroad. With his extensive background in both feature film and television, his work as both producer and writer/showrunner and his illustrious career with MGM/UA, Paramount, and more recently building Ellen’s vibrant production company, I am confident that Jeff Bold Films will guide. to new heights,” Chairman Litvak said in a statement.
Kleeman’s film and TV credits also include launching the Jack Ryan franchise along The Hunt for the Red Octoberthe photos of the James Bond franchise Goldeneye, tomorrow never dies And The world is not enough And Star Trek VI, The Birdcage And The Thomas Crown Affair.
Gary Michael Walters’ new company will focus on developing high-profile film and TV projects, independent film financing and production, and advising for film investors and media companies.