Magical Elves, the L.A.-based production company behind such hits as Top Chef and Project Runway, has tapped longtime executives Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon for the role of co-CEOs.
Prior to being named co-CEO, Kriley served as the company’s chief operating officer, overseeing current series while driving the mission, vision and values of the production house. She joined Magical Elves at its founding in 2001, rising within the organization to executive VP of current programming before COO. Throughout the company’s history, Kriley has been credited as a creative executive producer on a raft of Magical Elves projects, including Nailed It!, Top Chef, Project Runway, Project Greenlight, Top Chef Junior, All In With Cam Newton, The Real L Word, Cleveland Hustles and Time of Death.
Sharon previously served as the company’s chief creative officer, overseeing an expansive slate of projects in development across broadcast, cable and major streaming services. Since joining Magical Elves in 2010 as VP of development, Sharon has contributed to the company’s growth through the development of projects such as Nailed It!, Sugar Rush and Chasing Cameron for Netflix; Top Chef Junior for Universal Kids; Cold Justice and In Defense Of for Oxygen; Cleveland Hustles for CNBC; All In With Cam Newton for Nickelodeon; Time of Death for Showtime; Fashion Star for NBC; and Gallery Girls for Bravo. Prior to joining Magical Elves, Sharon held development positions at Nash Entertainment, Renegade 83 and IMG Entertainment.
Arthur Smith, chairman of Tinopolis USA and A. Smith & Co. Productions, said: “These past six months have only confirmed our instinct that Casey and Jo are the ideal duo to keep Magical Elves firing on all cylinders. Individually, Casey and Jo have each been invaluable contributors to the success of Magical Elves, and together, they are an unstoppable force perfectly equipped to lead their tight-knit team as they produce the next generation of hit shows.”
“Magical Elves has an incredible legacy that we are privileged to continue with our impossibly talented colleagues,” said Kriley and Sharon. “The magic of the organization has always been the people, and the team is in place and ready to grow our slate of aspirational programming with our signature brand of excellence.”