Zodiak USA Rebrands As Zodiak Los Angeles, Taps Tony Yates As CEO

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has ordered a 13-episode third season of Celebrity Wife Swap, from  Zodiak USA. Season 2 of the reality series, an offshoot of Wife Swap, featured switcheroos that included reality TV stars Kate Gosselin and … Read More »

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Zodiak USA CEO Natalka Znak Departs

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 9:16am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Natalka Znak will leave Zodiak USA at the end of her contract next month. Znak moved to Los Angeles from her native Britain in early 2010 to become EVP of then-RDF USA and was named … Read More »

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Natalka Znak Named CEO of Zodiak USA

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Zodiak USA CEO Grant Mansfield To Exit

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 6:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve learned that Zodiak USA CEO Grant Mansfield will leave the company in June to return to his native U.K. Mansfield served as Managing Director and Group Director Factual, Entertainment and Comedy for RDF TV in the U.K. … Read More »

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Cable Notes: History Picks Up New Series, ‘Homeland’ Keeps Growing

By | Tuesday November 1, 2011 @ 10:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

History has picked up Real Deal, a new reality series about the market for collectibles. The half-hour series, based on the British series Dickinson’s Real Deal, which is going into its eighth season on ITV, is like Deal Or No Read More »

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TruTV Picks Up Extreme Singing Reality Series ‘Killer Karaoke’ With Steve-O As Host

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 2:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TruTV has picked up Killer Karaoke, a U.S. version of British game show Sing If You Can. Comedian and Jackass co-star Steve-O will host the new series, which has been given an 8-episode order for a launch in early … Read More »

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After ‘The Voice’, Another Dutch Reality Format Targets U.S. Broadcast Networks

By | Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Zodiak USA is hoping that lightning can strike twice, bringing to the U.S. a restaurant reality format that has become a breakout hit on Holland’s RTL4, the same network that launched The Voice. Zodiak will pitch … Read More »

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ABC Orders ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Series

By | Tuesday May 3, 2011 @ 5:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With its celebrity reality juggernaut Dancing With the Stars showing little sign of slowing down, ABC is putting a celebrity spin on another veteran reality series, Wife Swap. ABC has ordered a celebrity edition of Wife Swap, in which … Read More »

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Hot UK Game Show ‘Sing If You Can’ Ready To Cross The Pond

By | Monday April 18, 2011 @ 7:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New British game show Sing If You Can, described as the Wipeout of singing competitions, is close to finding a U.S. TV home. Zodiak USA had already been pitching an American version of its format, landing two offers from U.S. networks. … Read More »

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Syfy Renews ‘Being Human’ For Season 2

By | Thursday March 17, 2011 @ 11:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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!” Read More »

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RDF USA To Become Zodiak USA

By | Wednesday September 22, 2010 @ 1:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Almost 4 months after Paris-based Zodiak Entertainment closed a deal to acquire U.K.’s RDF Media Group, creating the third largest independent TV production company in the world, the combined company has established an American outpost. RDF USA has … Read More »

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