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Bunim/Murray rejigs with promotions, hires

Formats-logo-460_2Julie PizziUS reality producer Bunim/Murray has promoted a pair of executive to top entertainment posts, upped another to a new current programming role and hired another pair.

The Banijay Group-owned firm has upped executive VPs of development and programming Jeff Jenkins (below, right) and Julie Pizzi (left) to co-presidents of entertainment and development, with executive producer and showrunner Farnaz Farjam promoted to VP, current programming.

The new hires are Erica Ross and Dave Sambuchi, who become VPs of development. They will report to Jenkins and Pizzi, who in turn remain reporting to Bunim/Murray CEO and chairman Gil Goldschein.

This comes more than a year after Goldschein was upped from president after company co-founder Jonathan Murray stepped down from his chair post and segued to a consultant role.

Jeff JenkinsJenkins has been with Bunim/Murray since 2000, while Pizzi rejoined Bunim/Murray at the same time Goldschein was promoted. She had been co-president of PB&J Television, having begun her career at Bunim/Murray in 1994.

Farjam recently executive produced E! reality series I Am Cait, while new hire Ross was a producer on several seasons of Bunim/Murray’s MTV series The Challenge and Pageant School: Becoming Miss America, which PB&J produced for CMT.

Sambuchi is a veteran reality TV producer, having worked with Bunim/Murray, Magical Elves and Entertainment One among others on various shows.

Bunim/Murray will have 18 shows on air in the US across eleven networks by the end of 2016.