Chicken Soup for the Soul names Oppenheim as CCO
October 5, 2022
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the AVoD service, has announced the appointment of entertainment and streaming industry veteran Phil Oppenheim, as chief content officer. In this newly created role, which begins on November 1st, Oppenheim will lead all facets of content strategy across physical and streaming brands, including Redbox and Crackle, helping to grow revenue and profits. He will report to Jonathan Katz, president, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.Oppenheim was previously Senior Vice President of program scheduling at MGM’s Epix Networks. He led the programming team and stewarded Epix’s linear and SVoD premium linear services and their streaming extensions under the Epix banner. Oppenheim also was responsible for the streaming content and branding for ScreenPix’s suite of ad-free channels, as well as Epix Now. Before Epix, he was Chief Curator and Pop Culture Officer and Senior Vice President, Programming for Lionsgate where he led the content launch of Comic-Con HQ, a multi-platform SVoD service, as well as Kevin Hart’s LOL AVoD service. Prior to Lionsgate, Oppenheim spent several decades at Turner Broadcasting in ascending roles.
“Phil is a true unicorn. He’s an executive with wide-ranging experience across multiple streaming brands and business models, along with vast experience leading some of TV’s most successful linear networks,” said Katz. “Phil has helped grow audience and revenue at every point in his career, and we’re incredibly lucky to have him as part of the team.”