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Endemol Shine US unscripted chief exits

Endemol Shine USA head of unscripted Rob Smith is exiting the business. His departure comes after 15 years, having joined predecessor business Endemol USA in 2002. This comes after Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) hired former Spike TV programming chief Sharon Levy as president of unscripted and scripted television in August. “The timing was right […]

Paramount importance

The US’s newest general entertainment station, the Paramount Network, launches in January 2018. Jesse Whittock hears how channel president Kevin Kay plans to change cable with premium originals and unscripted hits for a broad audience. There’s no better way to better encapsulate Viacom’s strategy change under Bob Bakish than to look at the creation and […]

CMT realigns dev under Cox as Dinsmore exits

Viacom is centralising development at its US cable channel CMT under Paramount Network’s Keith Cox, with Jayson Dinsmore exiting as a result. Cox is now leading development for CMT, TVLand and the upcoming Paramount Network, which is soon to replace Spike TV. Dinsmore (pictured) will leave his post as executive VP of development as Cox […]

Endemol Shine Studios president exits post

Sharon Hall is leaving her role as president of US-based Endemol Shine Studios. This comes soon after former Spike content chief Sharon Levy was hired as president of unscripted and scripted television at Endemol Shine North America, which houses Endemol Shine Studios Hall had been president since January 2016, when she joined from The Expanse […]

Ex-Spike content chief joins Endemol Shine

Former Spike TV content chief Sharon Levy has joined Endemol Shine North America. She has been named president of scripted and unscripted television at Endemol Shine Group’s LA-based arm. She recently left her role as executive VP of original series at Spike, which is soon to be branded as the Paramount Network. There she had […]

Sharon Levy’s Viacom exit confirmed

Viacom has confirmed Sharon Levy is leaving the US media giant as Spike TV transitions into Paramount Network. News leaked earlier this week Keith Cox was to be named president, development and programming at Paramount Network and TV Land, which Viacom has also confirmed overnight, and that Levy was leaving. A memo from Spike, TV […]

Spike readies Bryan Singer WWIII drama

US cable channel Spike TV has added five dramas to its slate, including a Bryan Singer World War III drama. The Viacom-owned cable network has been aggressively pushing its scripted development slate, and now counts World War III, Bad Medicine, Hummel & Howe, In Between and Secret America on its slate. Producer Singer (House, X-Men, […]

Endemol Shine’s Storie booked in for Muse

Tut producer Muse Entertainment has hired Lydia Storie to become VP, development at its LA arm. Storie (pictured) was most recently director of development for Endemol Shine Studios’ scripted pod division Additional Dialogue, where she oversaw a slate of cable development projects and secured book titles for the slate. She will now join Muse Entertainment […]

Spike makes Senior hire from Endemol Shine

US cable channel Spike TV has poached the CEO of Endemol Shine North America-owned formats company Ardaban to become its senior VP, original series. Chachi Senior will lead Spike’s non-scripted development team, reporting to executive VP, original series Sharon Levy, as Viacom-owned Spike attempts to attract a more gender-neutral audience than the male-skew it is […]

Viacom promotes Gorke for US distribution

Viacom has promoted Tom Gorke to a wider content distribution role in its domestic networks division. Gorke has been named executive VP, sales and business development, content distribution at Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks. This means he will oversee sales and new business efforts for all linear and digital partnerships across the BET, CMT, Comedy […]