Veteran programmer and acquisition executive Heidi Honeycutt has joined Shaked Berenson’s Entertainment Squad as Vice President of Episodic and Short-Form Content. She was the head of the NIGHTFALL section of the Los Angeles Film Festival before joining Fiction Riot as VP of Content Acquisitions in 2017. She is also a Co-Founder and Director of Programming of Etheria Film Night, the American Cinematheque’s annual genre showcase of films made by emerging female directors.
Shaked Berenson, Entertainment Squad’s CEO commented to Variety, who broke the news: “Heidi has a great eye for talent and is known to champion diverse and fresh voices.” Berenson added, “We are glad to support her vision of creating a space for emerging artists to find an audience in alternative storytelling formats.”
In her new role, Honeycutt will be curating short-form content for distribution as well as developing original content for the company’s new digital streaming series. Honeycutt will be joining Jonathan Barkan, Vice President of Acquisition and Distribution, Feature Films. The company recently released Millennium Media’s horror feature THE DARE.
“I’m incredibly honored to be working with Shaked and Jonathan,” says Honeycutt. “This is an exciting time for short films and for digital streaming and I look forward to bringing new talent to the forefront of the entertainment industry through my work with Entertainment Squad.”
Entertainment Squad’s first short content project is a curated digital series set to air on streaming services in Summer 2020. The Horror Collective is also partnering with Reels of the Dead, the Days of the Dead convention film festival, Panic Fest, and Midsummer Scream to screen branded genre content to their respective audiences. A branded Horror Collective short content block will premiere at Days of the Dead Indianapolis, Jul 17-19, 2020.