Magazine article Variety

Steve Shikiya Joins Imagine as COO to Aid Expansion

Magazine article Variety

Steve Shikiya Joins Imagine as COO to Aid Expansion

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as imagine entertainment continues to plot its expansion, its newly hired chief operating officer, Steve Shikiya, will focus on broadening the production company's operations into new areas such as film and television financing, international co-productions and new business initiatives, including branded entertainment.

Shikiya is the first top hire for Imagine founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard since they announced their company's partnership with the Raine Group in February. At that time, Raine made a $100 million-plus investment in Imagine, allowing the Beverly Hills-based enterprise to aggressively explore opportunities for growth and potential acquisitions.

"Steve's level of operating experience is a perfect fit," Grazer says. "We're excited that he has accepted the position here, and confident in his ability to help us expand and grow Imagine." Howard adds,"We couldn't have found a more qualified executive who has the perfect mix between major-studio experience and a deep understanding of the independent content company dynamics. …

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