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National Geographic Signs 3-For-1 Deal With Ben Silverman’s Electus

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 7:08am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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Chris Grant Named CEO Of Electus

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 4:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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, both reporting to Silverman. Grant was one of the original staffers Silverman brought with him when he launched the Diller-financed Reveille in 2002. Grant headed international distribution for the company and, after Silverman’s departure to run NBC, Grant became a managing partner. Following Reveille’s acquisition by Shine Group, he became president of Shine International, the international sales and distribution arm of Elisabeth Murdoch’s company. Grant stepped down from his post in May after Shine, following its acquisition by News Corp., decided to relocate the headquarters of its sales and distribution unit from Los Angeles to London where Shine’s main offices are. Grant chose not to relocate but stayed on for a transitional period. “Watching Chris Grant grow into the finest and most sought after executive television has seen in a long time has brought me tremendous joy and pride,” Silverman said. “He was an amazing partner at Reveille, and will be an amazing leader for Electus.”

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Shine International President Chris Grant To Exit As Company Relocates To London

By | Tuesday May 10, 2011 @ 1:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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NATPE Elects Chairs & Board Of Directors

By | Wednesday January 19, 2011 @ 9:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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, Venevision International; David Ellender, Global CEO, FremantleMedia Enterprises; Bob Friedman, President, Media and Entertainment, Radical Media; Greg Lipstone, SVP & Head of International TV and Media, ICM; John Morayniss, CEO, Entertainment One Television; Scott Sternberg, President, Scott Sternberg Prods.; and Elizabeth Tumulty, EVP, Distribution, The CW. Returning to the NATPE Board are Lisa Berger, EVP, Entertainment Programming, E!; Paul Buccieri, CEO and President, ITV Studios, Inc.; Nancy Dubuc, President & General Manager, Lifetime and History, A&E Television Networks; Luis Fernandez, President, Entertainment & Univision Studios; Phil Gurin, President, The Gurin Co.; Gary Lico, President & CEO, CABLEready Corporation; Neal Sabin, EVP, Weigel Broadcasting; Hans Schiff, Agent, Creative Artists Agency; Eric Schotz, CEO & President, LMNO Prods.; Peter Tortorici, CEO, GroupM Entertainment Worldwide.

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