The crew of the unscripted series Master Chef that airs on Fox have secured a union contract with health and retirement benefits under terms negotiated by IATSE and the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The contract for the Shine/Reveille show was negotiated without a work stoppage, organizer Rob Callahan said, although it was rumored that shooting was disrupted temporarily today. Local 700 will explain details on retroactivity and other negotiated terms in the contract to crew members in the days to come.
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.”
In light of the pending exit of Reveille managing director Howard T. Owens, Eden Gaha, a longtime Mark Burnett collaborator and showrunner of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, has been named Reveille president. Reveille’s parent company Shine Group had been looking to tap creative and producer types in the top management positions for the next phase of the company, and Gaha fits the bill. This has become an industry-wide trend over the past year, with several production companies appointing top producers for management posts, especially on the reality side, including Zodiak USA. Gaha is not directly replacing Owens as Owens had been overseeing the entire Reveille slate: unscripted, scripted, digital and brand integration. Gaha will run the reality/digital/brand operations, while Shine Group Americas CEO Emiliano Calemzuk will oversee scripted development and production. Here is the release, which includes several other recent executive appointments at Reveille:
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 6, 2011) – It was announced today that Eden Gaha has been appointed to the position of President, Reveille, LLC. Show runner of the successful Celebrity Apprentice franchise since 2006, Gaha will head Reveille’s unscripted, creative, development, digital and brand integration departments. Starting in June, he joins a series of recent production hires at the Shine Group-owned company, and reports to Shine Group Americas CEO Emiliano Calemzuk, who will continue to oversee the company’s scripted output.
Part of a series that takes an analytical look at the current broadcast pilot season and some of its trends and heroes.
It has been a big year for non-writing producers this pilot season, the biggest since the so-called “invasion of the pod people” in 2003 when the broadcast pilot season and May series pickups for the first time were dominated by shows developed via pods, i.e. companies run by non-writing producers based at major studios.
There are a lot of familiar faces – some of the overachievers of the 2003 season are back in full force: Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Brillstein Entertainment and Reveille as well as Imagine TV and Marty Adelstein. But Bruckheimer TV, a pilot season staple for the past decade and a top performer in 2003 with 3 pilots, all picked up to series, is without a pilot for the first time in years. (However, the company’s Fox project, a dramedy based on the life of music supervisor Kathy Nelson, has been pushed and remains in contention.)
But the big news this pilot season are the upstarts, companies formed in the past year-and-a-half, which have done very well. Leading the pack is the 20th TV-based Chernin Entertainment, which has had a dominating performance with 5 pilots this season: the Kiefer Suthaland starrer Touch, which is expected to get an episodic order at Fox, Stephen Gaghan’s cop drama S.I.L.A at NBC, Fox’s untitled Liz Meriwether comedy starring Zooey Deschanel, Fox comedy Outnumbered and NBC comedy Lovelives. The company already has 3 upcoming series, Fox’s Terra Nova - which it is co-producing with 2 of the other top performers this pilot season, DreamWorks TV and Kapital Entertainment – Fox’ animated comedy Allen Gregory and A&E’s Breakout Kings, which also started on broadcast.
Other recently formed TV companies that landed pilots this season include Aaron Kaplan’s indie Kapital Entertainment (ABC’s comedy Bad Mother, ABC dramedy Good Christian Bitches, NBC Western The Crossing), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s 20th TV-based K/O Paper Products (Fox’s Ethan Hawke starrer Exit Strategy directed by Antoine Fuqua and another Fox drama, graphic novel adaptation Locke & Key), Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Warner Bros.-based Fake Empire (ABC soap Georgetown starring Jimmy Wolk, the CW drama Hart of Dixie starring Rachel Bilson), Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein’s 20th TV-based 21 Laps/Adelstein (ABC’s untitled Jack Burditt comedy starring Tim Allen), Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s ABC Studios-based Temple Hill (ABC’s drama Revenge directed by Phillip Noyce) and Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan’s UMS-based American Work (NBC’s untitled Lennon Parham/Jessica St. Clair comedy)
In another twist this year, three independent production companies that operate outside of the studio system are having a great year. DreamWorks TV, a strong performer in 2003 with 5 pilots, 2 of which, Las Vegas and Line of Fire, went to series, has 3 pilots this year, second only to Chernin Entertainment, and tied with two another indies, Reveille and Kapital, as well as the ABC Studios-based Brillstein Entertainment and CBS TV Studios-based Tannenbaum Co. DreamWorks has NBC’s Broadway-themed Smash starring Debra Messing, ABC’s horror thriller The River directed by Jaume Collet-Sera and Fox’s Locke & Key. Reveille, which in 2003 had its Coupling remake picked up to series, has NBC comedy pilot My Life As an Experiment, Fox comedy Tagged and CW drama Awakening.