Astronauts Wanted, which collaborates with digital stars to create premium programming, has announced the appointment of two top executives to its leadership team.
Kim Rosen, formerly the VP of feature film and digital development at Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s Secret Hideout Productions, has been named VP of development at Astronauts Wanted, where she will oversee original series and films, and report to chief creative strategist Nick Shore. At the same time, Christine Murphy has been named SVP of branded entertainment. She was previously SVP of the creative lab at Studio71, and will report to Shore as well as Astronauts Wanted’s COO Amina Canter.
“These senior appointments bolster the creative studio’s push into premium scripted content across new formats, genres, and transmedia storytelling,” the company said in a press release. “It also speaks to Astronaut’s strategy of fusing digital-native and traditional talent to create unique, original IP.”
In her former role, Rosen helped develop blockbuster titles like Star Trek, Now You See Me, and Transformers 2, and also started Secret Hideout’s digital division. Murphy, a 15-year digital veteran, spearheaded integrated content campaigns for major brands at Studio71. Both will be based at Astronauts Wanted’s Los Angeles offices.
Astronauts Wanted was founded as a joint venture in 2013 between Judy McGrath, former chairperson/CEO of MTV Networks, and Sony Music Entertainment. The studio’s titles include A Trip To Unicorn Island, TAWK, Hey USA, @Summerbreak, and Socio. Earlier this month, the company unveiled a shiny new development slate featuring Kian Lawley and JC Caylen, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Kingsley, Alexa Losey, and Hannah Witton.