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Chris Ottinger Named President of International Television Distribution at MGM

The executive vice president of Worldwide Television at MGM, Chris Ottinger, just got a promotion. He’ll now be president of International Television Distribution and Acquisitions.

Ottinger replaces Gary Marenzi, who left the studio last week. The moves come only weeks after Roma Khanna was named president of MGM’s Television Group and Digital.

Press release after the jump:

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 29, 2011) – Chris Ottinger has been promoted to President of International Television Distribution and Acquisitions for MGM it was announced today by Roma Khanna, MGM’s President Television Group and Digital. Ottinger previously served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Television for the studio.

In his new role, Ottinger will oversee all of the studio’s international TV distribution and acquisitions activities, working closely with teams in Los Angeles, London and around the world. He will report to Khanna.

“In his time at MGM, Chris has proven himself to be a dynamic and excellent executive. I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic leader for our growing international TV business,” said Khanna.

In his current role at MGM, Ottinger oversaw the studio’s international pay television business and was responsible for closing pay television output deals in Italy, France, Germany, Poland and Central Europe. In addition, he supervised MGM’s television production and development activities and was responsible for shows including Teen Wolf on MTV and Mildred Pierce on HBO in addition to managing a development slate of over 15 projects.

Ottinger re-joined MGM in 2007 from Fox where he served as Executive Vice President for Fox World and Fox Television Studios International overseeing over 30 format productions per year and overseas production studios in India, France, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Co-Production for Paramount International Television. Previously, Ottinger held the post of executive director of business affairs for MGM’s international and domestic television operations.

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