Jeanne McHale Waite to EVP/GM Abby Strauss to VP/Production
NEW YORK, NY (August 2, 2011) – Atlas Media Corp., the New York based reality and documentary production powerhouse, today announced two senior level executive appointments: Jeanne McHale Waite, most recently the company’s Senior Vice President, has been promoted to the new position of Executive Vice President/General Manager; and Abby Strauss, a veteran Executive-in-Charge of Production, has been appointed to position of Vice President/Production. Both appointments are effective immediately. The announcement was made by President & Executive Producer, Bruce David Klein.
In her new position, Jeanne McHale Waite will continue to facilitate Atlas Media’s growth, overseeing the production, post production, operations, and legal/business affairs departments, while facilitating communication between these departments and programming and development. Waite has been with Atlas Media for five years and has overseen a range of corporate and production-related initiatives. Before coming to Atlas, Waite served as CEO of Banyan Productions, the production company responsible for a variety of TV programming, including Trading Spaces.
As VP/Production, Abby Strauss will be responsible for all physical production at Atlas Media including budgeting, cost reporting, growth management, as well as hiring and supervising all EICs and Line Producers. A veteran Executive-in-Charge, Strauss has overseen productions for a diverse list of networks including HBO, TLC, Bravo, and Comedy Central. She will report to Jeanne McHale Waite.
“The promotion of a superb in-house executive and the hiring of a respected production executive from outside proves Atlas Media’s commitment to finding the best talent wherever they are — and putting them in positions to succeed,” says Klein. “Jeanne has made magic for five years now as a senior executive — and we expect Abby to bring further efficiencies to our productions enabling us to better serve our production partners.”
Atlas Media Corp is an award-winning New York based independent producer of non-fiction entertainment — from reality and factual television programming to theatrical documentaries to digital web series. The company, founded in 1989 by filmmaker Bruce David Klein, is currently producing 14 projects for 10 different networks, including Discovery Channel, A&E, National Geographic Channel, ID, TLC, TV Guide Channel, Lifetime, and Travel, and has been selected for five years in a row as one of the RealScreen Global 100, a list of the world’s most exciting and influential production companies.