Tim Connors has been named Chief Operating Officer of Marvel Studios, the Hollywood subsidiary of Marvel Ent. In his new role, Connors will manage Marvel Studios' day-to-day business operations as well as oversee the business transactions for all studio productions including the anticipated releases of IRON MAN 2 on May 7, 2010, THOR on July 16, 2010, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA on May 6, 2011, THE AVENGERS in July 15, 2011 and ANT MAN.
Previously, Connors served as Exec VP of Business Affairs and Operations for Marvel Studios, a position he held since December 2006.
Marvel Studios' business team is rounded out by Matt Finick, who is currently SVP, Studio Finance, with Louis D'Esposito on the production side serving as President, Physical Production.
Prior to joining Marvel Studios in 2006, Connors worked at Technicolor where he served as Deputy General Counsel for Electronic Distribution Services. Connors also served in Business Affairs at DreamWorks SKG and as a Business Development Consultant for the Tokyo-based media company, Kadokawa Group Holdings.
Marvel Studios recently announced an agreement with Raleigh Studios to film each of its next four films including IRON MAN 2, THOR, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA and THE AVENGERS at Raleigh Studio's facility in Manhattan Beach, California. In addition to developing its own production slate, Marvel Studios is also working with Twentieth Century Fox on X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, which is in production and slated for release on May 1, 2009, as well as with Sony Pictures on SPIDER-MAN 4, which is currently in development.