44 Blue promotes key executives
January 8, 2021
44 Blue Productions, the innovative and acclaimed independent production house that is part of Red Arrow Studios, has promoted senior executives Andrew Paskoff to the role of Executive Vice President of Production and Operations, and Shirley Jackson to Co-Executive in Charge of Production.
Paskoff joined 44 Blue in January 2019 as SVP of Production, and in his new role is responsible for all physical production and operations as part of 44 Blue’s senior decision-making team. He reports to 44 Blue’s Co-CEOs & Co-Founders Rasha Drachkovitch and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch.
Experienced and long-standing executive Shirley Jackson, who reports to Andrew Paskoff, has line-produced multiple series for 44 Blue over the last dozen years, including A&E’s Nightwatch and Wahlburgers, and Oxygen’s Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice.
Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of 44 Blue Productions, said: “We are delighted that Andrew is stepping up to this new position as we enter a significant phase of growth for 44 Blue. Andrew’s wealth of production and operations experience is hugely valuable, particularly as we strategize new business opportunities and navigate continuing production on our shows during these challenging times.”
“We are also pleased to promote Shirley Jackson to Co-Executive in Charge of Production, recognizing the contributions she has made to 44 Blue over the past decade, and expanding her role within the company to bring her expertise across all of our series,” said Rasha Drachkovitch, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of 44 Blue Productions.
Andrew Paskoff’s previous roles include 495 Productions (Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner, Jersey Shore), where he was Head of Production; SVP of Production at Lighthearted Entertainment; and multiple positions at Sony Pictures Television Networks, including VP Original Programming, Unscripted (America’s Got Talent, America’s Next Top Model).
Shirley Jackson’s previous roles include line producer for Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, and VP of Production for DuBose Entertainment. Shirley is Co-Executive in Charge of Production alongside Jeff Turner.
44 Blue also announced earlier this week that its long-running Animal Planet series Pit Bulls & Parolees had reached the milestone of its 200TH episode, with Season 17 starting to air Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT on Animal Planet, and also available on Discovery+. The show centres on Tia Torres, who has dedicated her life to the New Orleans-based Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest Pit Bull rescue center in the U.S. where she and her family work tirelessly to provide Pit Bulls another chance in life while also offering a fresh start to parolees.
44 Blue is a Peabody, Emmy, Gracie and GLAAD Award winning producer of unscripted, scripted and documentary series, with productions including Netflix’s top-ranking documentary series Jailbirds; Investigation Discovery’s #1-rated Twisted Sisters, executive produced with Khloé Kardashian; and Animal Planet’s #1 series Pit Bulls and Parolees. New commissions include The Real Murders of Orange County, which premiered in November on Oxygen.