Vuguru, the new media production studio for the Internet and emerging digital platforms, has appointed Larry Tanz as President, company founder and Chairman Michael Eisner announced.
Word of Tanz’ appointment comes on the heels of an investment and strategic partnership Vuguru announced with Rogers Media. Vuguru, previously part of Eisner’s Tornante Company, became a stand-alone entity as part of the Rogers deal, with Eisner serving as Chairman.
Claude Galipeau, Senior Vice President, Rogers Digital Media, takes a position on the Board as part of the deal.
Digital entrepreneur Tanz comes to Vuguru after co-founding and serving as President of Agility Studios, which develops, finances, and produces entertainment-oriented digital programming, such as the recently announced Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, Ultradome and The Shatner Project.
Vuguru also entered into a long-term distribution agreement with Rogers for the exclusive Canadian rights to future projects and plans to ramp up program production significantly.
“We’re thrilled to have Larry as Vuguru’s first President,” Eisner said. “His entrepreneurial experience and track record for marrying high-quality creative content with strong fiscal management will enable him to achieve our long-term vision for Vuguru. Additionally, his ability to work with established talent and foster relationships with up-and-coming creators will, no doubt, be an asset to the business.”
“High-quality, story-driven content has always found an audience, and with the recent explosion of video consumption on digital platforms the audience is finally here -- and it’s massive,” said Larry Tanz. “The management of Tornante and Rogers Media understand better than anyone how to deliver a quality entertainment experience to a global audience and I’m honoured that they have asked me to be a part of something so crucial to the future of this industry. Moreover, with industry leader Rogers Media supporting the company through its significant capital investment and mighty cross-platform distribution support in Canada, Vuguru has the resources to expand production rapidly and distribute products on a large international scale out of the gate.”
Tanz also has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of LivePlanet, Inc., with co-founders that included Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, where he produced numerous film, television, and new media projects including the three time Emmy-nominated Project Greenlight.
Launched by The Tornante Company in late 2006, Vuguru produces and distributes content for new media and online platforms, including the 2007 smash success, Prom Queen. Vuguru also created The All-For-Nots, a scripted mockumentary that followed the misadventures of an indie rock band on an ill-conceived and underfunded tour across the U.S.
Vuguru next bridged the worlds of publishing and new media by producing Foreign Body, a prequel web-series released in advance of best-selling author Robin Cook’s latest novel. Back on Topps, Vuguru’s Sports-Emmy nominated comedy about two brothers making their way in the sports world, was recently licensed by Comedy Central and is currently being adapted into a television show.
In the months ahead Vuguru says it will launch Prom Queen: The Homecoming, the next installment in the hit franchise; The Booth at the End, a new psychological thriller created by Internet-savvy writer Christopher Kubasik and helmed by veteran television director Jessica Landaw; and Pretty Tough, an adaptation of a successful young adult novel from accomplished television writer and producer Liz Tigelaar. The 2010 slate is expected to include 10-15 new series.
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