The Reveille cohorts are back in business together. In one of his first major deals since taking the reins of National Geographic as president, Howard Owens has signed a three-for-one project deal with Ben Silverman’s Electus. It includes the development of three projects, one of which is guaranteed to be picked up to series. The pact reunites Silverman and new Electus CEO Chris Grant with Owens. Grant and Owens were members of the core troika Silverman brought with him when he launched Reveille in 2002. Both left Shine, which acquired Reveille in 2008, last year. “National Geographic Channel is making a targeted effort to be in business with the best and brightest television makers in the world and Ben and Chris set the standard,” Owens said.
One of the three concepts in development under the deal is a large-scale reality series based on the Mayflower expedition, which will re-create the actual 60-six day journey the passengers took in search of the new world. Some of the people featured in the series will be descendants of the original Mayflower passengers. “Our vision for the Mayflower series is to re-create, as closely as possible, the real experiences that the original passengers faced,” Grant said.
Ben Silverman and Chris Grant are reuniting at another startup backed by Barry Diller. Grant is joining Ben Silverman’s new company, IAC-owned Electus, as CEO effective November 1. He will be partnered with Electus COO Drew Buckley, … Read More »
The last of Ben Silverman’s three musketeers who launched Reveille with him is leaving parent company Shine Group. Chris Grant, who has served as president of sales and distribution arm Shine International since Shine’s 2008 acquisition of Reveille, will depart later this year, along with his top lieutenant, EVP John Pollak. The move is a result of News Corp-owned Shine Group’s decision to relocate the headquarters of its sales and distribution unit to London, where Shine’s main offices are, from Los Angeles. Grant, who has chosen not to relocate, will work through a six-month transitional period and help in the search for a London-based successor. Shine Group President Alex Mahon will be taking oversight of Shine International in the interim. ”At this stage of the company’s growth, Shine International needs its headquarters alongside our teams that manage and exploit group formats, brands and digital rights, with local sales experts in our global production centres of excellence,” Mahon said.
Shine International will keep a presence in LA with a small office. Pollak will continue in his role as Head of Sales until the end of the year, remaining in the US. SVP Business and Operations Martin Rakusen will relocate to the London office. “I am incredibly proud of the substantial growth that Shine International has achieved since we started the company, and particularly in the last few years since joining the Shine Group,” Grant said. “These changes are absolutely right for the business at this point in its development, however, LA is my home, and rather than relocate, it is also a good time for me to allow my colleagues to build on the success we have, together, created.” Read More »
Chris Grant, President, Shine International, and Jordan Levin, CEO, Generate, have been elected NATPE 2011 co-chairs. Newly elected members of the 2011 NATPE Board are Rob Barnett, Founder and CEO, My Damn Channel; Cesar O. Diaz, Vice President of Sales, … Read More »