Ben Silverman

Five execs upped at Silverman’s Electus

The distribution arm of Ben Silverman’s IAC-backed content company Electus has promoted five of its execs. Following the changes, Cyrus Farrokh becomes senior VP and head of sales, and will oversee France, Italy, Scandinavia and Asia-Pac. He was promoted to a VP position in September 2013. Max Richards has been elevated to manager, sales and […]

Electus, Marta Kauffman making US Doc Martin

Ben Silverman’s Electus and Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman are joining forces to make a US version of popular UK comedy-drama Doc Martin. The pair have optioned Doc Martin from UK-based distributor DRG which sells the format. In the UK the series has run to six seasons on commercial free-to-air channel ITV and a seventh has […]

Netflix goes straight-to-series with Will Arnett

Streaming service Netflix has greenlit an eight-episode, straight-to-series comedy from The Millers and Arrested Development star Will Arnett. Flaked comes from Arnett and Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret) and follows a self-appointed “guru” in an insular Californian community those carefully crafted image and sobriety begins to unravel after he falls for […]

Electus cuts deal for ‘Chinese Fashion Star’

Electus has struck a Chinese deal for The Goddesses’ New Clothes, a format based on its US series Fashion Star, which aired for a season on NBC. IAC-backed Electus, which is run by Ben Silverman, will make the ten-part series with local partners Dragon TV, Hitao and Blue Flame. In the show, six female celebrities […]

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gets another TNT series

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is making another US cable series after TNT greenlit Wake Up Call (WT). The series will be made by 5×5 Media, 7 Bucks Entertainment and Electus, which also made Johnson’s other TV series The Hero, also for TNT. Electus is expected to handle international sales. The new show will feature the […]

Eminem buys into Electus hip-hop channel

Rap megastar Eminem has bought into an YouTube original hip-hop lifestyle channel operated by Ben Silverman’s studio Electus. Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) and his business partner Paul Rosenberg have come on board as equity partners of, which will now get a first-look at all original digital and television programming coming out of the […]

Electus promotes Farrokh, sells 150 hours

Ben Silverman’s studio Electus has promoted international sales executive Cyrus Farrokh to VP, distribution, and concurrently sold 150 hours to broadcasters across Asia Pacific. Former Shine International exec Farrokh joined Electus in May last year as executive director of international distribution and production, a role that handed in sales responsibilities in France, Italy and Asia […]

Electus poaches Henson for unscripted role

Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio Electus has hired ABC Entertainment alternative entertainment exec Corie Henson to become executive VP, unscripted television. Henson previously oversaw production of ABC unscripted series such as Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank and Extreme Makeover, but has now taken the new role with US-based Electus. Beginning this month, she will oversee Electus’s unscripted […]

Ukrainian net serves up family cook off show

Ukrainian channel 1+1 has acquired Global Agency’s cookery format Rivals-in-Law. Furthermore, producer iMagic has optioned the format for the Middle East and North Africa from Turkish distributor Global, which also sells formats such as Blind Taste. The format, which launched at MIPTV last month, sees wives and their mothers-in-law simultaneously prepare and cook identical dishes, […]

Electus invests in former SPT exec’s prodco

US-based Electus has made a strategic investment into Hud:sun Media, a production and entertainment company fronted by former Sony Pictures Television producer Michael Rourke. The deal gives sees Electus makes unspecified investment in Hud:sun, which MDC Partners co-founded with Rourke (left) in 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed. Following the investment, Ben Silverman’s Electus will […]