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MGM Hires Qualia's Schapiro as COO

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 15, 2011 at 1:27AM

MGM co-chairs and CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum have named Ken Schapiro to the post of chief operating officer.
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MGM co-chairs and CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum have named Ken Schapiro to the post of chief operating officer.

The co-founder and a managing principal of eight-year-old investment management firm Qualia Capital LLC, Schapiro will report to Barber and Birnbaum, who cited Schapiro's "background, experience and proven track record," as well his "skills and energy" as integral to building the new MGM. Qualia made an aggressive bid to invest in the ailing studio; Schapiro is well-versed with MGM's financials.

Schapiro stated:


“While it is difficult to leave the business I co-founded with my partner Amir Malin, returning to an operating role to work with Gary and Roger at the new MGM from this early stage is too exciting a challenge to pass up/”

Before co-founding Qualia Capital LLC with Malin in 2003, Schapiro worked with him as president and COO at Artisan Entertainment, where the library tripled in size to 6000 titles during his six-year tenure. Schapiro was also exec v-p for Morgan Creek Productions.

This article is related to: Studios, Players, MGM/UA


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.