EXCLUSIVE: Former ABC director of drama Brian Morewitz and former ABC Signature comedy director Melanie Frankel has joined Aaron Kaplan’s Capital Entertainment as Heads Of Creative. Morewitz and Frankel will both drive the creative and work across comedy and drama, and lead projects from start to on-air run as executive producers.
The duo will lead Kapital’s development team, which includes the company’s creative leaders Jessie Abbott and Kevin Marco both of which have been moved up to VP – as well Evan Terrell who has come to Capital as a creative leader.
In addition, Kapital has brought in Matt Conner as VP of Production, reporting to the company’s production manager Michael Lohmann, and has promoted Sean Richards, who works for Capital’s Business Manager Sandra Ortiz, for VP of Business Affairs.
The amount of hiring and promotions comes when Capital Starts 2022 with four new series premieres this week – NBC Comedy American car makes a regular time slot debut tonight after a preview in December; ABC limited series Women of the Movement and accompanying document series Let the world see both premiere Thursday, January 6; and Fox comedy Pivoting debuts Sunday, January 9th.
The company’s current list contains 10 series: Women of the movement, Fox animated comedy Housebreaking and the upcoming Hulu drama Black cake, where Capital is the study; ABCs A million little things, on which it is co-study; as well as American Auto, Let the world see, turn, CBS ‘ The neighborhood, Showtimes Chi and the upcoming Starz horror comedy Shining Vale. In addition, the Kaplan director produces Netflix’s international Emmy-winning drama Delhi crime.
The large production volume in addition to continued active development and sales to all platforms (Kapital now has series across all four major broadcast networks as well as premium cable and streaming) is behind the expansion of the management team at Kapital, which was launched by Kapital Kaplan as a one-man operation in 2009.
The size of Kapital’s portfolio and Kaplan’s growth ambitions were also the reasons for the decision to bring in two experienced managers, Morewitz and Frankel, as executive producer / Head of Creative. (They succeed Dana Honor, who left last month after five years in the company.) Both Morewitz and Frankel have worked with Kaplan and Kapital in their most recent positions at Disney; Morewitz was the company’s network partner Women of the Movement and A million little things; Frankel was Kapital’s study partner American housewife and AMLT.
VPs Abbott and Marco, who will work with Morewitz and Frankel, are the CEO of A Million Little Things, Shining Vale, Women in Motion, Pivoting and Black cake (Abbott) and American car and Housebreaking (Marco).
Conner resigns from his new role as Production Director for Kapital after serving as Production Manager at the company The women of the movement. Based in Los Angeles, Conner will work for Kaplan’s longtime production partner, Lohmann, which is based in Nashville, where Kaplan and Lohmann control 150,000 square feet of scenes used in the filming of Capital’s CBS All Access series. tell me a story.
“Brian and Melanie are not just amazing leaders – they are also good friends and I am very excited that they will lead our growing creative team, which also welcomes Evan as a member,” Kaplan said. “The well-deserved promotions of Jessie, Kevin and Sean are a testament to their great work, and the addition of Matt as VP of Michael’s production team will allow us to be even more efficient, flexible and thoughtful when creating content.”
During his five-year tenure as SVP, Head of Drama Development at ABC Entertainment, Morewitz oversaw the development and production of all drama pilots and limited series and the launch of new drama series for the network. During his tenure as Head of Drama, ABC added such hit series as The Good Doctor, Station 19, The Rookie, A Million Little Things and Big Sky. Morewitz joined ABC as VP Drama Development in November 2004. In that role, he developed and supervised successful series such as Castle, Quantico, Revenge, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Nashville and Brothers and sisters as well as the Emmy-winning American crime.
Before joining ABC, Morewitz was SVP for Escape Artists, where he helped develop feature films, including By, with Nicolas Cage and SWAT Previously, he held other development positions in the film industry, including SVP at Black and Blu Entertainment. He began his career as a Story Editor for New Line Cinema.
As Head of Comedy at ABC Signature, Frankel evolved across various streaming and networking platforms. During her tenure, the studio received pilot and serial orders from Hulu, Freeform, Apple and ABC.
Frankel started his Disney career in 2004 as a comedy coordinator at ABC. She then switched to ABC Studios (now Signature) and worked in the studio’s Comedy Department from 2007-2011 before leaving to become head of Comedy Development for the USA Network. There she developed the series Medical Center, Sirens and The bench, before returning to ABC Studios to work as VP in the current department from 2015-19 with both comedies and dramas. She has also worked with development at Imagine and Grammnet.
Conner started his producing career at ABC’s Surviving suburb with Bob Saget in the lead role. Since then, he has worked as a producer and production manager on a number of multi-camera and single-camera productions for NBC, ABC Family, Nickelodeon, Facebook, Starz, Netflix and ABC, including four seasons as a producer of The exes with Kristen Johnston and Donald Faison for TV Land. He was the Supervising Producer for CMT’s Still the king, shot on the spot in Nashville.
Before joining Kapital, Richard was Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Michael Eisner’s Tornante Television, where he worked on shows such as BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie and Undo.
Terrell was most recently Senior Coordinator at Hasbro and before that was production coordinator at TruTV.