Magazine article Variety

Oppenheimer Jump Starts L.A. Office

Magazine article Variety

Oppenheimer Jump Starts L.A. Office

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EXEC BUILDS U.S. BRIDGES

In August, producer Deborah Oppenheimer began work in the newly created role of executive vice president at Carnival's new office in Los Angeles.

Her appointment signals the determination of Carnival's owner, NBCU, to boost production in the U.S. and capitalize on the success of its drama "Downton Abbey," seen by more than 120 million viewers worldwide and sold in more than 200 territories.

Oppenheimer's background spans feature film, TV drama, comedy and documentaries. In 2000, her doc "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport" won the Academy Award for best feature doc - but her focus at Carnival is entirely on scripted shows.

She joined the shingle's parent three years ago, working across all its labels, and exec produced the HBOBBC2 mockumentary "Family Tree," Christopher Guest's first foray into television.

Carnival managing director Gareth Neame thinks securing the services of Guest was partly due to the breakout success of "Downton Abbey. …

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