Entertainment Studios, the independent TV producer and distributor headed by Byron Allen, has named Eric Gould as its new executive vice president of finance & chief investment officer.
Gould will work out of the Entertainment Studios headquarters in Los Angeles.
In his new position, Gould will oversee investments, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate finance for all of Allen’s Entertainment Studios media divisions, including: broadcast television syndication, advertising sales, all seven 24-hour cable television networks, the digital video-centric news platform The Grio, as well as theatrical motion picture co-productions and global distribution for Allen’s recently-acquired theatrical and digital movie distribution divisions Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures and Freestyle Digital Media.
Gould reports directly to Entertainment Studios founder, chairman, and CEO, Byron Allen.
“Eric Gould is an outstanding addition to our Entertainment Studios family,” Allen said in a statement. “Eric’s extensive financial investment experience makes him the perfect addition to our executive team as we continue to grow our global media company and aggressively pursue mergers and acquisitions.”
Gould has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial community and most recently served as a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Guggenheim Partners, where he was responsible for the investment development and strategies for approximately $20 billion of the firm’s $240 billion in client assets.
Prior to joining Guggenheim, he was the head of portfolio management at the Munich Re Group where he was responsible for the North American investment strategies. Before joining Munich Re in 2007, Gould was a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at GE Asset Management where he headed the Structured Products Group. Prior to that, Mr. Gould spent six years at MetLife’s investment department where he managed structured products and real estate investments as well as analyzed M&A opportunities.
“I believe in Byron's vision for Entertainment Studios and see many opportunities for the company to expand its ever-growing media businesses,” Gould said in a statement. “The future of Entertainment Studios is brighter than ever and I am excited to join the team.”