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Steve Ronson to run Chicken Soup prodco

US-based publisher Chicken Soup for the Soul has created a TV and film division and brought in former A+E boss Steve Ronson to run it.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for its books featuring inspirational true-life stories and will make branded TV shows and features.

Ronson left A+E late last year after a 13-year stint at the channel operator, latterly as VP, international television, digital media and consumer products.

In his new role as CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, he will oversee the new unit’s content efforts and its existing TV projects, which include the recently released special Chicken Soup for the Soul: food & family. The teen-skewed education/information show that went out on PBS. The new division will make a talk show, feature film and other TV projects.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul is a well-known brand that translates into highly entertaining, inspirational television,” said Ronson. “The brand is unique, beloved worldwide, and delivers the important, uplifting and inspiring messages of our time.”

“We already have several ambitious television and theatrical projects underway,” said Chicken Soup for the Soul founder and CEO, William Rouhana, Jr. “With an eye toward building upon these opportunities, we are pleased to announce the formation of Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, headed by industry veteran Steve Ronson.”