About us - EUE Screen Gems Ltd

There’s been a tremendous amount of careful thought put into how the film and television production industry returns to work in this unprecedented time. Across the industry, companies, unions, professional organizations and others have implemented the best safety measures.

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About us

Executive Team Bios

Learn about EUE/Screen Gems. See the Cooney family’s commitment to constant innovation unfold.

In the 1960s, George Cooney brought beloved film directors into a unique partnership for commercial development. In 1996, we bought our Wilmington, NC studios. In 2010, we built the Atlanta complex, the first studio campus to locate in that city. Miami’s studios launched in partnership with Viacom in 2015. In 2016, EUE/Sokolow shines as part of the team bringing “Genius” to NatGeo.

Learn about EUE/Screen Gems’ executive team bios and the talents they bring to clients as you scroll further down the page.

Chris Cooney
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Cooney
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Cooney is the Chief Executive Officer of EUE/Screen Gems, Ltd. He is also the co-owner of EUE/Screen Gems Studios. Cooney is known for his collaborative style, his eye for art and his experience with facility management, international content distribution, integrated media solutions, branded content and online content development. Cooney is based in New York City.

Today, Cooney focuses on two core businesses: studio facilities and content development. The production studios are based in Atlanta and Wilmington, NC with a new studio scheduled to open in Miami in fall, 2015. EUE/Sokolow is based in Los Angeles and New York City and focuses on television development and production in the scripted and unscripted arenas.

In 2010 as COO of the combined facilities, Cooney led the team into Atlanta where the facilities have enjoyed a robust television success with clients such as “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” – Parts 1 and 2 (Lionsgate), “Satisfaction” (NBC Universal for USA Network) and “Devious Maids” (ABC for Lifetime).

Prior to his role as COO, Cooney held roles as Head of Production for EUE/Screen Gems, Ltd.; Vice President-In-Charge for Facilities in Wilmington, NC and New York City; and Vice President of Physical Production.

Cooney became the chief executive officer of First Look Studios in 2000. At First Look, a boutique motion picture production and sales company, Cooney worked on projects such “Before Night Falls” starring Javier Bardem and “Eveyln,” starring Pierce Brosnan.

In 1996, Cooney led EUE/Screen Gems in the acquisition of DeLaurentis Carolco Studios in Wilmington, NC. Under his leadership, the studio became the heartbeat of the East Coast film industry. The North Carolina incentive and the newly constructed Stage 10, a 37,500 sq ft, column-free sound stage, lured blockbuster film productions. The studios landed “Journey 2: Mysterious Island” in 2011 and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” in 2012. Television has long been a part of Wilmington’s success story with “One Tree Hill” and “Dawson’s Creek” enjoying long runs on the lot. Most recently, the Wilmington studios have hosted “Under the Dome” (CBS), “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox Television), and “Eastbound and Down” (HBO).

Cooney has served as a mentor specializing in Media for Duke University’s Parents Committee Mentorlink Program for the last ten years. Cooney also serves on the board of DESTINATION: COLLEGE a Student assistance program in New York. The program provides much needed academic tutoring and vital College Application and Financial Aid assistance to high school students in underserved communities.

Mr. Cooney received his B.A. from Boston University in 1983.

George Cooney
Chairman Emeritus
George Cooney
Chairman Emeritus

George Cooney is the Chairman Emeritus of EUE/Screen Gems Ltd.

Mr. Cooney is an innovator with a career that includes milestones such as leading talented creative teams that directed and produced Clio award winning Coke, Volkswagen, Alka Seltzer campaigns and facility operation for day-time dramas. He is well-respected for his foresight and ability to anticipate new trends in order to adapt to the fluid and evolving entertainment industry. After more than 50 years as an industry leader, his focus is now TV and Film facility development and ownership.

Mr. Cooney acquired EUE/Screen Gems and its assets, a division of Columbia Pictures, in 1983. Prior to acquiring the company, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Columbia’s EUE/Screen Gems division. He joined Columbia Pictures in 1965 and served in a number of administrative positions before being named the Executive Vice President of the EUE/Screen Gems division in 1972.

Sensing a new horizon in technology, Mr. Cooney ushered Columbia Pictures into what was then the newly emerging world of video tape. In addition, while serving as an executive at Columbia Pictures, he was named Chairman of Bell & Howell/Columbia Pictures Video Services, a pioneer in the home video industry.

An early innovator in the industry, Mr. Cooney continually has the vision to morph EUE/Screen Gems to meet the requirements of an ever-changing business model. When the commercial television segment declined following advertising agency consolidation and acquisition by corporations, Mr. Cooney developed the daytime programming “soap opera” business with Procter and Gamble as a major client. It was a partnership that lasted more than 25 years.

And when that segment of the industry began to disappear in the 90s, Mr. Cooney seized the opportunity to become a production facility owner supplying infrastructure and crew for a client base that included Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony, Disney and more that needed to expand beyond studio facilities in California, which at the time was running out of production space. His vision to expand outside of Los Angeles led to the purchase of the Dino De Laurentiis studio lot in Wilmington, NC. What followed was the building of multiple large, state-of-the-art sound stages, including a massive water tank, in Wilmington, NC, one of the largest in the country.

That success was followed by another bold vision to expand the footprint of EUE/Screen Gems to Atlanta, GA. Mr. Cooney acquired a sprawling studio complex of 50 acres complete with beautiful Spanish mission style buildings and expanded the lot by building four new large sound stages to attract bigger projects. EUE/Screen Gems was among the first major sound stage facilities to set up shop in Atlanta.

Mr. Cooney is active in the community. For 35 years, He’s served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York Medical College, Chairman at St. Theresa’s and a Trustee and Treasurer of the Dr. I Fund Foundation. He also served on the boards of Save Amateur Spots of the City of New York; the Cancer Research Center in Valhalla, NY; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He is a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. Cooney is also a member of the executive committee of the board of Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center for 25 years and has served as its Chairman for 15 years.

Over the years, Mr. Cooney has held numerous seats on governmental and private industrial planning organizations and committees. In 1968, he served as a member of the Film Advisory Committee to Vice President Hubert Humphrey and was on the Film Advisory and Promotion Committees of New York City for Mayors John V. Lindsay, Abraham Beame, and Edward Koch. As member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, he served for several years on the Executive Film Committee. He was also Chairman of the Motion Picture Labor Negotiations Committee from 1969 to 1978 and a Trustee of Harriman College and Will Rodgers Foundation.

Mr. Cooney was appointed by Governor Hugh Carey to the New York State Television & Motion Picture Board, and he was also appointed by New York State Sen. Ralph Marino to the Advisory Committee for the Development of Sports & Entertainment Facilities.

A graduate of Fordham University, Mr. Cooney is a recipient of an Honorary Degree from the New York Medical College and the Helen Hayes Humanitarian Award from St. Clare’s Hospital. And served on the board of trustees.

Mr. Cooney received the William Cullen Bryant Award from New York Medical College for his visionary leadership qualities. Mr. Cooney continues to oversee multiple businesses and projects under the EUE/Screen Gems umbrella and enjoys mentoring his eight grown grandchildren.

Bill Vassar
Executive Vice President - Wilmington, NC
Bill Vassar
Executive Vice President - Wilmington, NC

Bill Vassar is the Executive Vice President of EUE/Screen Gems in Wilmington, North Carolina. He enthusiastically manages the largest studio complex east of California.

“I handpick each employee to create a special team,” says Vassar. “I take great pride in how well we work together to service the needs of each production.”

Bill’s personal involvement and attention to detail have earned the respect of clients such as Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, A&E, HBO, Turner and many more. He played an integral role in recruiting the Marvel Entertainment lensing of “Iron Man 3” to Wilmington. This mega-hit is the largest single production in the history of North Carolina.

A media veteran, Bill’s first job was as a disc jockey when he was sixteen. After working in radio programming, news, sales, general management and station ownership, he transitioned to television and film production. In 1984, Bill joined the production management department of NBC Entertainment in New York City.

Active in the community, Bill is on the board of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission; he is a past member of the North Carolina Governor’s Film Council and the Cucalorus Film Festival Board. He served two terms on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Billy Stoll
Vice President – Atlanta
Billy Stoll
Vice President – Atlanta

With decades of experience in studio operations and production, Billy Stoll is leading EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta into its next phase of growth.

During his nine years at EUE/Screen Gems, Billy has strengthened his deep understanding of studio logistics and sharpened his formidable organizational skills. He’s built a dependable team he can trust and formed solid relationships with EUE/SG’s clients.

In his prior position as Director of Operations, Billy’s efforts to expand and improve EUE/SG’s studio spaces helped it land Marvel Studios, Netflix, MGM, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount projects. He oversaw multimillion-dollar expansion projects at the studios including construction of two 10,000-square-feet multi-use spaces, renovation of a 20,000-square-feet exhibition hall into a sound stage, and an upgrade that converted a 10,000-square-feet storage area into office space.

Billy serves on the board of Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition (GSEC) as Treasurer, where he is involved with legislative advocacy and guidance for the film and television production industry statewide.

Sharon Cooney Shuttleworth
Co-owner / Senior V.P. / Director of Corporate Communications
Sharon Cooney Shuttleworth
Co-owner / Senior V.P. / Director of Corporate Communications

Sharon Cooney Shuttleworth grew up in a media family, so it’s only natural that her talents
landed her in the communications profession. As a child actress and model, she appeared in 70
television commercials. She built on her childhood experience and earned a position as
Promotional Director of the Men’s Division of the Ford Modeling Agency from 1985 to 1990.
While there, she used her laser sharp eye and marketing savvy to screen talent for brands such
as J.Crew, Nautica and Ralph Lauren. Once the agency finalized their selections, she marketed
the talent, raised their profiles nationally and kept the agency top of mind with national clients.

Sharon was named Marketing and Public Relations Director for the exclusive Lake Isle Caterers
in Westchester County, NY, in 1990. While tempting brides and high-end clients with
sophisticated menus, finger foods and reception locations, she grew the business 75 percent
during her tenure.

In 2000, Sharon was named Senior Vice President/Director of Corporate Communications for
EUE/Screen Gems. She has led creative marketing efforts behind the launch of Stage 10 in
Wilmington, NC, the opening of the Atlanta studio complex and subsequent milestones and
bookings for both studios.

Sharon’s leadership has resulted in EUE/Screen Gems’ frequent inclusion in industry blogs
such as “Deadline Hollywood Daily,” the LA Times “Company Town Blog” and “The Wrap” as
well as traditional news outlets such as “The Hollywood Reporter” and “Variety.”

Sharon graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, with a B.A. in English in 1981 and
completed a Master’s degree at New York’s Columbia University in 1984. She lives in Nashville
with her husband and has two children.

Christian Lovschal
General Manager - Miami
Christian Lovschal
General Manager - Miami

Christian Lovschal is the General Manager for EUE/Screen Gems Studios Miami and handles day-to-day operations for the production complex. Christian has provided insight and execution for EUE/Screen Gems projects since 1999 when he first worked as a production assistant for commercial and production divisions in New York City.

Later, he worked exclusively with EUE/Screen Gems Studios, overseeing the company’s flagship client at the time, “The Guiding Light” and then managing studios servicing other Proctor and Gamble productions. From 2006 to 2012, Christian developed EUE/Screen Gems’ Buenos Aires/Argentinian division as an executive producer. He opened the studios in Buenos Aires and oversaw productions and commercials shooting there.

Clients included Reckitt Benckiser and brands such as Mucinex and Delsym. In 2012, Christian returned to Miami and began researching the Miami television market and media trends with his eye on a new studio complex for the company. He will open the new Miami studios in Fall, 2015.Christian is a graduate of Luther College and a native of Denmark.

Chris Crowder
Vice President of Physical Operations
Chris Crowder
Vice President of Physical Operations

As Vice President of Physical Operations for EUE/Screen Gems Studios, Chris Crowder brings to the role decades of freelance crew experience in the Art-Construction Department at our Wilmington, NC, location. In 2009, Crowder successfully led construction efforts for our first 37,500-square-feet sound stage in Wilmington. He also was indispensable in transforming existing buildings into sound stages and offices at our Atlanta complex (formerly Lakewood Fairgrounds) in addition to building Stage 7/8 and Stage 10 in Atlanta.

Crowder was a key member of the 2015 project management team that transformed a 90,000-square-foot facility from a mothballed warehouse into a world class state of the art TV production facility in downtown Miami. The ambitious project was a collaborative effort of EUE/Screen Gems and the City of Miami’s Omni Community Redevelopment Agency.

Crowder served in the U.S. Navy and studied Industrial Engineering at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. He is a local Boy Scout leader and serves on local and international missions projects. He enjoys running, hiking, camping and exploring new territory. Crowder lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife and four children.



The Atlanta studio completed its expansion project, adding 60,000 square feet of stage space and 30,000 square feet of support space. The studio also hosted Netflix’s “A Man in Full,” “A Family Affair” and “Pain Hustlers.” It was another busy year in Wilmington where the studio was home to “George & Tammy” (Showtime), “Hightown: Season 3” (Starz), “The Summer I Turned Pretty: Season 2” (Amazon Studios), and “The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat” (Searchlight Pictures).


The studios buzz with activity and are filled to capacity. The Wilmington studio hosts “ISS” (LD Entertainment), “Black Phone” (Blumhouse Productions), “Hightown” (Starz), “The Summer I Turned Pretty” (Amazon Studios), “Florida Man” (Netflix), “Echoes” (Netflix), and “Our Kind of People” (Fox). The Atlanta studio hosts “Stranger Things: Season 4” (Netflix), “Raising Dion: Season 2” (Netflix), “Boo” (Netflix), “Uglies” (Netflix), and “Outlaws” (Netflix).


During a difficult year dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the studios revise operational procedures and make improvements to facilities to put safety first. The Wilmington studios host “Hightown” (Starz/Lionsgate) and “Scream” (Spyglass Media Group). The Atlanta studios are home to “Stranger Things: Season 4” (Netflix) and “Raising Dion: Season 2” (Netflix).


“Halloween Kills” (Blumhouse Productions) from the cult-classic “Halloween” series shoots at the Wilmington studios along with “Georgetown Project” (Miramax) and “Swamp Thing” (DC Universe/Warner Bros. Television). “Stranger Things: Season 3” (Netflix), “Raising Dion” (Netflix), “Insatiable: Season 2” (CBS/Netflix), “Christmas on the Square” (Netflix), “Respect” (MGM) and “Hillbilly Elegy” (Netflix) shoot at the Atlanta studios.


Superheroes and creepy creatures arrive at the studios. Atlanta hosts the blockbuster “Black Panther” (Marvel Studios) and the Netflix series “Stranger Things: Season 3,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” and “Insatiable” (CBS/Netflix). “Mr. Mercedes” (Sonar Entertainment), “Reprisal” (A&E/Hulu), “Words on Bathroom Walls” (LD Entertainment), and fan-favorite “Swamp Thing” (DC Universe/Warner Bros. Television) film at the Wilmington studios.


Netflix brings two new series to the Atlanta studios, “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Insatiable” (CBS/Netflix). Wilmington studios is home to “Six” (A&E/History Channel), “Good Behavior” (TNT), and “Mr. Mercedes” (Sonar Entertainment).


The hit series “Stranger Things” (Netflix) films Season 2 in Atlanta, “Six” (A&E/History Channel) and “Good Behavior” (TNT) shoot in Wilmington. The Atlanta Studios form a strategic partnership with MBS Equipment Co. to expand lighting and grip inventory and announce a new 20,000 sq ft, dedicated lighting and grip facility. 


EUE/Screen Gems Studios opens a new Miami studio in partnership with Viacom International Studios. The new complex was built by the Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as a public-private partnership with us. Georgia Studio & Infrastructure Alliance is formed, led by former EUE/Screen Gems Executive Vice President Kris Bagwell, to speak as one voice on legislative and educational issues. At the Atlanta studios. At the Atlanta studios, “Stranger Things” (Netflix), “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” (Fox), “Satisfaction” (NBC Universal for USA Network), “Barbershop: The Next Cut” (MGM), and “The Founder” (FilmNation Entertainment) shoot on the lot.


Wilmington NC hosts “Under the Dome” (CBS), “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox) and “Secrets and Lies” (ABC), and the Nicholas Sparks film, “The Choice” (Lionsgate). The TBS pilot “Detour” shoots here, also. Our Atlanta studios host the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” (Lionsgate) franchise, “Satisfaction” (NBC Universal for USA Network), and “Red Band Society” (ABC for Fox Network).


Three of the top ten blockbusters of 2013 were shot at the Wilmington studios: “Iron Man 3” (Marvel Studios), “The Conjuring” (New Line Cinema), and “The Millers” (New Line Cinema) “Under the Dome” (CBS) takes top ratings for Season 1 and renews; HBO’s “East Bound and Down” returns to the lot for its final season. TV dominates Atlanta: “Devious Maids” (ABC for Lifetime) shoots their inaugural season at the new Stage 10. The lot hosts “Necessary Roughness” (USA Network) and multiple BET Networks shows.


In Atlanta, the company expands again to meet growing Georgia industry demand and builds Stage 10, a 30,000 sq ft sound stage. BET Networks, USA Network and ABC/Disney locate television shows on the lot. In Wilmington, Marvel Studios shoots “Iron Man 3,” the largest production to ever shoot in North Carolina.


BET locates corporate scripted offices to our Atlanta complex, and the Cooneys open the 37,500 sq ft STAGE 7/8 in Atlanta. While USA Network series “Necessary Roughness” is on hiatus, “Watch” and “Flight” feature films shoot on Stage 7/8. In Wilmington, “Journey 2: Mysterious Island” shoots at Stage 10 and uses the special effects water tanks. “One Tree Hill” finishes shooting its ninth and final season and says an emotional goodbye.


EUE/Screen Gems renovates the Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta and opens a multi-stage campus. Chris Cooney launches EUE/Sokolow to develop television and cable content. Sam Sokolow leads the new division in Los Angeles that will develop and produce scripted and unscripted original content.


EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC builds Stage 10, the biggest sound stage and special effects water tank east of Los Angeles.

1996 – 2009

Hundreds of television shows and feature films locate and shoot in Wilmington, NC including “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” and more.


EUE/Screen Gems purchases the former Carolco Studios in Wilmington, NC. Legendary film producer Dino DeLaurentiis built the facility in 1984. Frank Capra, Jr., son of the Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, is installed as President, EUE/Screen Gems in Wilmington, NC.


EUE/Screen Gems facilitates the soap opera “The Guiding Light” in New York City. It’s the beginning of a successful 18-year contract.


George Cooney purchases the assets of EUE/Screen Gems from the Coca-Cola Company (then owners of Columbia Pictures). In their New York studios, EUE/Screen Gems continues to provide production for film, commercial and television companies, producing commercials for McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Nike, Verizon and Proctor and Gamble brands.


EUE/Screen Gems hosts the half-hour soap opera “Edge of Night” in their New York City studios. George Cooney creates the first “satellite” division of EUE/Screen Gems and brings ZIEFF Films into the fold. “King of Madison Avenue” Howard Zieff provides talent as the director for the new group. The satellite structure allows Zieff to freely work both on his Hollywood projects and his legendary TV spots, and the satellite structure becomes an important innovation for the industry.


Columbia Pictures purchases Elliot Unger Elliot (EUE), a commercial production company widely recognized as one of the country’s most accomplished photography and film entities. When Elliot Unger Elliot (EUE) becomes part of the Columbia family, it’s positioned under the Screen Gems Television umbrella and branded EUE/Screen Gems. The EUE/Screen Gems division consistently experiences growth under the management of longtime Columbia Pictures executive, George Cooney. In 2012, the television series “Mad Men” refers to shooting at EUE/Screen Gems.


Directors (and brothers) Mike and Steve Elliot start a commercial production company with William Unger to form the production house, EUE.