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Live Nation Productions strengthens team

Live Nation Productions has made two new senior appointments to bolster its production and development departments.

Seasoned producer and studio executive Matthew Stein will be the company’s new head of scripted development and production. Meanwhile, producer Ryan Kroft has been named head of unscripted development and production.

Stein joins Live Nation Productions from a producing deal at Sony where he had various projects in development in both film and television, and previously served as vice president of Sony Pictures International Productions.

Earlier in his career, Stein spent 12 years working for Dimension films, climbing the ranks from executive assistant, to co-chairman, and ultimately executive vice president of production, overseeing all phases of production, development and casting for the division.

Live TV expert Ryan Kroft joins Live Nation Productions after a 20-year career at Viacom, where he most recently served as senior vice president, events and specials for MTV, VH1 and Logo.

At Viacom, Kroft oversaw the development and production of numerous live and live-to-tape events including the Video Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards red carpets, MTV Woodie Awards, VH1 Divas, Hip Hop Honors, Dear Mama, Trailblazer Honors and Logo’s New Now Next Awards.

“In just two short years, Live Nation Productions has brought fans closer to live music through a diverse slate of projects, and with this stellar team in place we’ll be able to continue successfully exploring content for screens of all kinds,” said Heather Parry, Live Nation Productions’ president of production, film and television. “Between Matt’s extensive film experience and Ryan’s expertise with live TV, we’re ready to ramp up even more amazing projects.”

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