Ben Silverman

What went down at NATPE Miami

NATPE welcomed the usual mix of buyers, sellers, programme-makers and hustlers to Miami last week. Buyers from Latin America were out in force, with a smattering of acquisition execs from Scandinavia, France and Germany. During the week, two of Spanish-language TV’s biggest players, Univision and Televisa, said they were unifying production and development, a major […]

New McKillop prodco pacts with Sky Vision

Former A&E controller and Propagate Content co-founder David McKillop has resurfaced with a production pact with UK distributor Sky Vision and its New York subsidiary, Jupiter Entertainment. McKillop’s new prodco, Europa, will be housed in Jupiter’s Manhattan offices. It will, however, function as an independent producer that aims to produce scripted and factual series. McKillop […]

Electus exec starts sales unit for Silverman prodco

Electus International distribution veteran Cyrus Farrokh is joining former his bosses Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens at indie studio Propagate Content. Farrokh has been named president of Propagate’s international distribution arm, marking the US-based company’s move into TV sales. He was previously senior VP and head of sales at Electus International, the LA-based distribution […]

Propagate’s indie power play

Having been agents and then together at Reveille, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens went on to run major US networks. Now they are back in the indie game, with broadcast, cable, SVOD and Apple projects underway at Propagate. Ben Silverman (right) is aiming high. Asked about his ambitions for the next 12 months, the […]

Propagate taking international formats to the US

Propagate is taking a telenovela from Argentina and a Turkish dating format into the US, company bosses Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens have told TBI. The A+E-backed US prodco will work up a US version of the Telefe telenovela Educating Nina, in partnership with the US division of the Argentinian broadcaster. The series, about […]

Walking Dead producer takes podcast horror to Amazon

Amazon has greenlit Lore, a horror anthology series based on the Aaron Mahnke podcast of the same name. The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd is making the show through her Valhalla prodco, alongside Propagate Content, the US prodco run by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. The podcast gets 2.5 million listens a month. […]

Paltrow, Will.I.Am. join Apple unscripted series

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Will.I.Am. have signed on to appear in and executive produce an upcoming unscripted series for tech giant Apple as it continues to move into original content. The pair will act as mentors, along with digital entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, in Planet of the Apps, which Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ […]

Ben Silverman builds Propagate team

US prodco Propagate has added two execs to its ranks, bringing in Kevin Healey from Entertainment One and former Relativity exec Brett-Patrick Jenkins, and upping Nicole Laufer. Propagate is the A+E-backed producer run by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Healey will be head of alternative programming, overseeing unscripted content including the series Propagate […]

Ben Silverman’s Propagate staffs up

Propagate, the US prodco run by Ben Silverman and backed by A+E, has made a trio of appointments bringing in execs from ITV Studios, Pilgrim Studios and Fox Sports. Former NBC Entertainment and Electus boss Silverman joined his former Reveille partner Howard Owens at Propagate last month, at which point A+E invested in the prodco. In […]

A+E backs Ben Silverman at Propagate

Former Reveille, NBC and Electus exec Ben Silverman has joined Propagate Content, as the US prodco has receives a new tranche of investment from A+E Networks. The new-look Propagate said it will expand into new areas and announced a new series with Apple, the tech giant’s first TV series. The changes at Propagate see Silverman reunited […]