Ashley Rice joins Cinespace as President and co-managing partner

Ashley Rice (photo credit Cinespace)

Cinespace Studios has appointed Ashley Rice as president and co-managing partner.

Rice joins Cinespace from Legendary Television where she managed operations, including production, post-production and production finance, and worked as vp of production at ABC Studios, where she managed production for Shonda Rhimes and Mark Gordon.

Rice will join COO Eoin Egan and CFO Keith Gee as co-managing partners, together managing and growing the film studio platform. This follows the TPG Real Estate Partners’ $1.1 billion acquisition of the film studio that founders Alex Pissios and (uncle) Nick Mirkopolous built on a dream.

Located on the west side of downtown Chicago, Cinespace Studios occupies 1.45 million square feet of what use to be the old Ryerson Steel Company. The campus in Chicago is home to production of major films and TV series like Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, The Chi, and Paper Girls.

In Toronto, Cinespace Studios facilities occupy over 1 million square feet of studio, office and support space on over 40 acres of land. The large, functional space was home to the films Road to Avonlea, Best Picture Oscar winner ChicagoPompeii and The Strain.

“The Cinespace brand has a strong history of providing high-quality space for the most prominent content creators around the world, and I am excited to be part of an executive team that will lead the platform into its next phase of growth,” Rice said in a statement.

“We’re building Cinespace to serve as a global hub and ecosystem for content production. Ashley’s leadership and experience, combined with the management strength that Eoin and Keith have already brought to Cinespace, position us well to meet global demand for expanded studio space and create new jobs,” Jacob Muller, business unit partner with TPG Real Estate, added in a statement.

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