SBJ/June 20 - 26, 2005/Other News

Horowitz departs TWI to establish production firm

Bob Horowitz, who headed U.S. operations for TWI, the television arm of sports marketing and management giant IMG, has left to start an entertainment production company.

Horowitz, who had been with IMG since 1997 and was promoted to head U.S. operations a year and a half ago, will continue to work with IMG on five television projects, said TWI Chief Executive Officer Bill Sinrich, who is based in London. Horowitz left June 1.

Sinrich said the company is looking for a replacement for Horowitz and will likely hire from outside the company. “We hope to be in a position to make an announcement by the end of the summer,” he said.

“Bob decided he wanted to go off on his own and do his own production agency,” Sinrich said. He called the departure “very friendly and amicable.”

Horowitz, reached last week, said he has formed Juma Entertainment, a production company based in Doylestown, Pa., that will specialize in non-scripted television programs, specials and reality shows.

“I leave TWI with mixed emotions, as I have the utmost respect for the content and jewels available under the IMG umbrella,” Horowitz said. “While it was a tough discussion, I saw and wanted the challenge to grow a new production entity. … The ongoing relationship with TWI on numerous projects enables me to continue and finish that which I started with the many friends at the company.”

Sinrich said Horowitz’s departure was not related to financier Ted Forstmann’s acquisition of IMG last year.

Horowitz was first hired as senior vice president of programming and sales to replace Sean McManus, who left to become president of CBS Sports. He was promoted to head U.S. operations after IMG founder Mark McCormack died in May 2003.

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