Power Player Breakfast: Christina Wayne, CEO of Assembly Entertainment
Come in from winter’s chill and enjoy the warmth of the NYWIFT Power Player Breakfast with Christina Wayne. Meet the multi award-winning producer and CEO of Assembly Entertainmentand learn how she built a portfolio of top hits that are sure to include some of your favorites.
Christina Wayne has an overall deal at ITV Studios America, where she develops and produces scripted dramas worldwide for cable and digital platforms. To date she has sold an impressive fourteen scripted series to networks including A&E, BBC America, Bravo, Cinemax, Showtime, Spike, USA, and WGN. She currently is executive producer, with Jim Carrey, on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here and executive producer of a new series with Jessica Chastain penned by Sully screenwriter Todd Komarnicki.
Prior to creating Assembly Entertainment, Wayne was President at Cineflix Studios, the company’s scripted TV division, where she was an executive producer on BBC America’s Copper with Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson. During her tenure, she was responsible for development, production and sales of all scripted series worldwide and grew the department from one to ten executives among New York, Los Angeles, the UK and Canada. She was also Senior VP of scripted series/miniseries for AMC, where she shepherded the development and production of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama series Mad Men, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama series Breaking Bad, and the Emmy® Award-winning mini-series Broken Trail.
In 2017 Wayne also launched TelevisionSchool.com, a comprehensive online educational course about the creative and business sides of creating content for television and digital platforms.
A member of the Writers’ Guild of America since 1997, Wayne began her career in entertainment as a screenwriter and director with projects including the feature Tart which she wrote and directed for Lionsgate in 2001. She is a graduate of Columbia University and lives with her husband and daughter in New York.
Produced by the Power Player Breakfast Committee
Barbara Alpert, Christina Brown Fisher, Nicole Franklin,
Carey Graeber, Julie Poll, Janet Stilson, and Susan Wagner
Special Thanks to Power Player Breakfast Sponsor
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
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