Howie Mandel Inks First-Look Deal With CORE Media Group

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 10:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

mandelHowie Mandel’s Alevy Prods. and CORE Media Group have signed a first-look deal for Mandel and Alevy to executive produce scripted and unscripted TV and digital projects. Mandel and his Alevy partner Mike Marks currently executive produce the TBS … Read More »

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MIPTV: Social Experiments On The Rise As U.S. Buyers Hunt For Formats; Comedies Eye Comeback

mip tv logo 2Television executives are always on the hunt for the proverbial Next Big Thing, and for the past year or so, the Mipcom and Mip-TV markets have emerged as important hubs where some of the hottest new … Read More »

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BBC Mounts Celebrity Gymnastics Series ‘Let’s Get Ready To Tumble’

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 8:27am PDT

Earlier this month, I wrote about gymnastics as a possible new frontier for celebrity competition shows, and about buzz that the BBC was readying such a project. The broadcaster has now made it official, commissioning Let’s Get Ready To Tumble. The show will air live in Saturday primetime and feature British celebs teamed with international gymnasts to tackle what are being described as “never-before-seen, new-to-TV disciplines.” The announcement could mean there will soon be two celebrity gymnastics formats in the international arena. I recently reported that CORE Media is developing Celebrity Champions in the U.S., an original format that sees former Olympians coach celebrities and has Mary Lou Retton attached as anchor judge. CORE is currently talking to U.S. networks. Read More »

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Halfire-Core Entertainment Adds Execs Stephanie Fontana, Ben Murray

By | Monday August 12, 2013 @ 2:29pm PDT

Halfire-Core Entertainment, the joint production and financing venture between TV producer Noreen Halpern‘s Halfire Entertainment and CORE Media Group led by Marc Graboff, has added two to its exec ranks. Stephanie Fontana, niece to Borgias and Oz creator Tom Fontana, will serve as Director of Development and Production based in Halfire-CORE’s LA outpost. The 18-year TV development and production vet’s credits include the CW’s Reaper, ABC’s Desperate Housewives, and HBO’s Oz. Also joining the company is Toronto-based Ben Murray, who will serve as Director of Business Development after runs as director of biz affairs and development at Serendipity Point Films and as a programmer for the Toronto Film Festival. Read More »

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Core Media Joins Pursuit Of Scandinavian Production Company Nice Entertainment

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nice Entertainment is turning into quite the acquisition target. I’ve learned that American Idol parent CORE Media Group has joined the list of potential suitors for the Scandinavian production company. CORE had … Read More »

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CORE Media Group Adds Trio Of VPs

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 4:11pm PDT

The American Idol format owner has brought aboard a trio of executives amid its recent spate of creative partnerships. Roy Peters joins CORE Media Group as VP Branded Entertainment, Christine Petrillo has been tapped as VP … Read More »

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CORE Media Partners With Israeli Prod. Company Tedy, Puts Project In Development

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CORE Media Group has formed a partnership with the Israeli production company Tedy Prods. Under the agreement, Tedy will work closely with CORE’s U.S.-based head of TV Jen O’Connell as well as … Read More »

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CORE Media And Noreen Halpern’s Scripted Venture Inks Drama Series Deal With NBC

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Halfire-CORE, CORE Media Group’s scripted production venture with veteran Canadian producer Noreen Halpern‘s Halfire Entertainment banner, has closed a deal with NBC. Under the 3-for-1 agreement, Halfire-CORE will develop three lower budget drama projects for NBC, one of which is expected to go to series. No concepts or writers for the projects have been identified yet, but the producers are expected to begin the process shortly.

The pact illustrates Halfire-CORE’s strategy of entering the scripted primetime space by bypassing the traditional pilot cycle and going with a straight-to-series model instead. It also extends on NBC’s efforts in the lower-cost drama arena where the network has been probably the most active broadcast network, experimenting with different templates and partners, including Gaumont (Hannibal) and Georgeville TV (Crossbones). I hear the Halfire-CORE deal came out of Halpern’s existing relationships with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt and scheduling chief Jeff Bader, with whom Halpern worked at ABC on Rookie Blue, one of several series she shepherded in her previous role as head of scripted for Entertainment One. Graboff, of course, also has a relationship with Greenblatt, with whom he worked for almost a year before leaving to head CORE, and with NBC where he spend more than a decade. Read More »

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Tim Sullivan Joins CORE Media As SVP Development And Production

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 10:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CORE Media Group has hired Tim Sullivan as SVP, Development and Production. He will work on developing and producing unscripted shows, reporting to CORE’s Head of U.S. Television Jen O’Connell. Sullivan most recently … Read More »

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CORE Media Group Seeking Buyers For Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali Rights: FT

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 5:29am PDT

CORE Media Group is said to be testing the market to sell off Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion and rights to images of Presley and Muhammad Ali. The Financial Times reports the assets … Read More »

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CORE Media Group Acquires Stake In Rhett Bachner & Brien Meagher’s Prod. Company

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 2:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CORE Media Group, which co-produces American Idol, is expanding its unscripted portfolio by acquiring an ownership stake in Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher’s B17 Entertainment. Under the agreement, signed in a competitive situation with multiple suitors pursuing Bachner and Meagher, CORE will join forces with the duo to develop and produce non-fiction programming and explore multi-platform content opportunities, including mobile games and web-based series. “B17 is a forward thinking production company and teaming up with them fits perfectly into CORE’s overall mission of  producing and owning great content for all platforms,” said CORE president Marc Graboff, while the company’s head of U.S. Television Jen O’Connell called B17 ”part of the next generation of great prod companies.”"They’re prolific, and they have such great ideas that are inventive and fresh,” she said. At CORE, Bachner and Meagher join unscripted producer Rob Lee, who signed a deal there a year ago, Matt Sharp, whose company CORE acquired last summer, as well as Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, whose Hazy Mills Prods. has a deal with CORE for scripted, unscripted and digital projects that fall outside of their deal at NBC. Additionally, CORE recently launched a scripted venture with Noreen Halpern and has Simon Shaps building its international base. Read More »

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Core Media Launches UK Outpost, Taps Simon Shaps To Run It

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Core Media Group, the umbrella entertainment company whose portfolio includes reality series American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, is starting an international production division. The company is partnering with Simon Shaps, former Director … Read More »

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Core Media Group Expands Original TV Production & Development Unit With Hires

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 3:27pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran producer Glenn Stickley (The Amazing Race) has joined Core Media Group, the umbrella company whose portfolio includes reality series American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, as SVP TV Production, while former FremantleMedia exec Jenny Ramirez has been hired as VP Development and Production. Both will report to Jennifer O’Connell, head of Core’s U.S. Television Division. Under President Marc Graboff, Core has been expanding its production capabilities through deals with independent producers, including acquiring Sharp Entertainment. Read More »

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Apollo Global Eyes Merging CORE Media, Chernin Entertainment Into Endemol

By | Friday October 5, 2012 @ 12:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management is looking to build one of the biggest independent content companies in the world with a potential merger of CORE Media Group and Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment into Endemol.

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Jennifer O’Connell Named Head Of U.S. Television For CORE Media Group

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 8:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CORE Media President Marc Graboff has recruited a former NBC colleague to oversee the company’s original scripted and unscripted production and development. Jennifer O’Connell has been named head of U.S. Television for CORE Media Group. She will start in mid-October, based in the company’s Los Angeles offices and reporting to Graboff. “I have always been impressed by Jen’s intelligence and creativity, as well as her great relationships in the creative community,” said Graboff.  “With her deep experience on the selling and producing side of the television business, coupled with her prior expertise as a network buyer, Jen is truly the ideal executive to lead CORE’s television operations.” Read More »

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Cameron Death Joins CORE Media As Chief Revenue Officer

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 9:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Former NBCUniversal executive Cameron Death has joined CORE Media Group as Chief Revenue Officer. In the newly created position, he will be responsible for creating and extending revenue through sponsorships, integrated marketing, and the development of other ancillary revenue streams, reporting to new CORE president Marc Graboff who … Read More »

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Kim Williams To Join CORE Media As CFO

By | Tuesday August 14, 2012 @ 4:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Kim Williams, COO of the NFL Network, is finalizing a deal to join CORE Media Group as CFO. Williams is expected to be a key lieutenant for new CORE president … Read More »

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Core Media Inks With Producer Rob Lee

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CORE Media Group (formerly CKx), the umbrella company whose portfolio includes reality series American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, the Elvis Presley estate and the Muhammad Ali brand, has signed its first producing partnership. Core has inked a multiyear production and consulting pact with Rob Lee and his Bayonne Entertainment. Lee will develop and produce all his future television and digital projects through Core and will advise Core CEO Marc Graboff on original TV content production and distribution. He will be based in Los Angeles and work out of the offices of Core’s 19 Entertainment. Read More »

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