Zodiak Americas is rebranding Zodiak USA as Zodiak Los Angeles. Zodiak Americas COO Tony Yates has been appointed CEO of the new entity, which will serve as Zodiak’s west coast non-scripted production base managing a programming slate that includes Secret Millionaire (ABC), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC) and Killer Karaoke (truTV). He will report to Jonny Slow, CEO of Zodiak Americas. Yates succeeds Natalka Znak who left the company in April. As part of the restructuring, Yates has appointed David Wollock as SVP of Development. Current production at Zodiak Los Angeles will continue to be led by SVP Dave Shikiar and casting by SVP Sunny Agans. All will report to Yates. Zodiak New York will remain as the division’s east coast production base, focusing on character driven docu-series for east coast cable networks, and will continue to be led by Chief Creative Officer Mike Gamson and Chief Operating Officer Sheila Cabano. Both report to Slow.
Zodiak USA’s Chief Creative Office Natalka Znak has been promoted to CEO. She succeeds Zodiak USA CEO Grant Mansfield who is leaving the company this month to return to his native U.K. after two years at the helm of RDF USA and then Zodiak USA, following Zodiak Media’s June 2010 acquisition of RDF.
In her new position, Znak will oversee Zodiak USA’s production offices in New York and Los Angeles and will manage a programming slate that includes Secret Millionaire (ABC), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC) and truTV’s two highest rated series, Hardcore Pawn and Lizard Lick Towing. “Natalka is a force of nature and an inspiring creative – she thinks big and isn’t afraid to take a risk,”Zodiak Media CEO David Frank said.
EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has renewed promising freshman drama series Being Human for a second season. In its January 17 debut, Being Human, an adaptation of the British series, averaged 2 million viewers to become Syfy’s most watched new scripted series winter premiere since Battlestar Galactica in 2005. The series, produced by Zodiak USA and Muse Entertainment, has solidified its status as Syfy’s most successful winter scripted series launch in 6 years with a season-to-date average of 1.8 million viewers. It is also the channel’s most female-skewing series ever, with women comprising 53% of its audience. “Being Human has proven to be a winner for Syfy on all fronts,” said Syfy’s president of original content Mark Stern. “Using the original format as inspiration, showrunners/writers Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke – along with a superlative team of writers, cast, and production – have created an amazing, compelling series in its own right,” said We can’t wait to watch Aidan, Josh and Sally continue their struggle to be human in the second season!”