Tim Connors has been appointed chief operating officer of Marvel Studios, the Hollywood subsidiary of Marvel Ent. In his new role, Connors will manage day-to-day business operations and will oversee the business transactions for all studio productions including Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010) Thor (July 16, 2010), The First Avenger: Captain America (May 6, 2011) The Avengers (July 15, 2011) and Ant Man. The announcement was made today by David Maisel, chairman of Marvel Studios, and Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios.
Prior to the promotion, Connors served as exec VP of business affairs and operations for Marvel Studios since December of 2006. He joined Marvel from Technicolor, where he served as deputy general counsel for Electronic Distribution Services. He also worked in business affairs at DreamWorks SKG and was a business development consultant for Tokyo-based media company Kadokawa Group Holdings.
‘Tim’s strong business acumen coupled with his knowledge of Marvel’s intellectual properties and policies have been of enormous benefit to us during the studio’s formation and first two releases,’ says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. ‘We are pleased Tim is taking on a more significant business role, especially as others on the team and I focus on the ever-growing creative demands and opportunities as we bring our characters to the big screen.’
Marvel Studios recently announced an agreement with Raleigh Studios to film each of its next four films including Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers at the Manhattan Beach, Calif. facility. In addition to developing its own production slate, Marvel is working with 20th Century Fox on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is in production and slated for release on May 1, 2009, as well as with Sony Pictures on Spider-Man 4, which is currently in development.