The Russo Brothers' AGBO Hires Three New Executives
Todd Makurath, Chief Operating Officer of AGBO, announced today the expansion of the executive ranks with the hiring of Dennis Hands (Chief Financial Officer), Irene Flores (General Counsel), and Nicholas Anglewicz (EVP, Finance & Strategy). They come to AGBO with a wealth of experience in the film and entertainment industry. The group will be joining AGBO as part of its focus towards growing its footprint as a full service media company.
Dennis comes from Miramax, most recently serving as Senior Vice President - Finance, Strategy and Business Development. At Miramax, he was involved in key initiatives including the recent $300 million refinancing of Miramax's CORPORATE debt facility, the sale of the company to beIN Media Group in 2016, and numerous production and distribution financings for Miramax's films and television series. He began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. spending over 10 years in its New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo offices.
Irene Flores will be responsible for overseeing AGBO's business and legal affairs, including for film, television, unscripted, animation, and distribution globally. Irene has over 20 years of experience representing and advising entertainment and media clients in all aspects of production, financing, licensing, publishing, distribution, and exploitation of film, television, books, and other intellectual property. Her clients included Academy-award producers and production companies, best-selling authors, foreign sales companies, talent, high net worth individuals, and media and content financiers. She started her legal career as a litigator, where she gained a unique perspective on how entertainment deals are interpreted through the lens of litigation. She comes to AGBO from Eisner, where she served as a partner in the firm's Entertainment, Media & the Arts and Litigation departments.
Prior to Nicholas Anglewicz's current position at AGBO, he was with CBS Films where he guided strategy as the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Finance. He began his career at indie financier Endgame Entertainment in 2006 and has been involved in numerous film funds and entertainment ventures and the financing, production and distribution of over 35 films including "Looper," "Last Vegas," and "Hell or High Water."
"It's an honor to have such an accomplished group of professionals joining the AGBO ranks. Their contribution will be an invaluable and integral component to the continued growth of our studio and is a reflection of our efforts to be best-in-class in everything we do," says Todd Makurath.
AGBO, founded by award-winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Todd Makurath, and Mike Larocca, is an artist-led collective focused on creating global content for film, television and digital platforms. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, the AGBO brand has become identified as a talent incubator generating best-in-class content targeted at family, elevated-genre and prestige audiences. Previously announced projects with the studio include 'Cherry,' based on a novel by Nico Walker; '17 Bridges,' with STX and Chadwick Boseman, 'Dhaka' with Netflix and Chris Hemsworth, 'Deadly Class' TV Series with Syfy, 'The Whisper Man,' based on a thriller novel; a TV series with Amazon, 'The Electric Slate' based on a sci-fi novel; 'Tension Experience,' an immersive, interactive venture produced with 'Saw II's Darren Lynn Bousman; 'Exit West' to be directed by Morten Tyldum; 'Lovley, CA' with FX, 'Quantum and Woody' with TBS; and 'Everything, Everywhere, All At Once' to be written and directed by The Daniels.