Bunim/Murray Productions

Bunim/Murray bolsters development & current teams with slew of hires & promotions

US-based Banijay label Bunim/Murray Productions has boosted its development and current programming teams, including the appointment of veteran producers Gayani Wanigaratne and Steve Ezell to SVPs of development & current. The firm has also named Michael Driscoll and Nicholette Dixon as VPs of development, while Monique Berduo has joined the studio as director of development, […]

Why firms from Banijay to Beta Film are exploring NFT’s

From Banijay to Beta Film, TV companies are actively exploring how NFTs could help generate future revenues. Tim Dams investigates the opportunities being opened up by this relatively new market The market for digital items known as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) exploded in popularity last year, and the TV industry has taken notice. Nearly $41bn was […]

Banijay’s Bunim/Murray moves into NFT-funded shows with Virtual Arts

The Real World creators Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) and Animoca-backed tech venture Virtual Arts have partnered on a new venture that aims to use Non Fungible Tokens (NFT)’s to fund programming. Wonderfuel will roll out a slate of shows with NFTs “baked into” both the funding model and audience experience, with a view to airing the […]

Bunim/Murray rejig continues with appointment of VP of branded entertainment

US-based Banijay-owned unscripted studio Bunim/Murray Productions has promoted Morgan Thompson to VP of branded entertainment. In her new role, the exec will focus on developing new business opportunities with brands to commission their own series and documentaries. Thompson, who has been with the company for three years, previously served as the director of branded entertainment, […]

Banijay’s Bunim/Murray confirms senior exec team under Julie Pizzi

Julie Pizzi, president of US-based Banijay-owned unscripted studio Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP), has finalised her senior executive team, following her appointment to the role earlier this year. Pizzi, who was upped to her current position at The Real World producer in February, following the departure of former CEO and chairman Gil Goldschein, has promoted studio veteran Dani […]

Banijay’s Bunim/Murray Productions ups key exec trio

US-based Banijay-owned unscripted studio Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) has promoted three senior executives under newly appointed president Julie Pizzi. Pizzi, who joined The Real World producer in February, following the departure of former CEO and chairman Gil Goldschein, has promoted Rupert Dobson to EVP of development, Farnaz Farjam to EVP of current programming and John Greco to […]

‘The Real World’ prodco Bunim/Murray appoints Julie Pizzi as president

The Real World producer Bunim/Murray Productions has appointed Julie Pizzi as president, following the departure late last year of former CEO and chairman Gil Goldschein. Pizzi first joined the Banijay-owned LA-based prodco in 1998 and went on to become creative VP and showrunner, before launching reality and documentary company, PB&J Television. She rejoined Bunim/Murray in 2015 and was president of entertainment & […]

News round-up: Oz ‘Living Room’ travels to US; CJ ENM & Bunim/Murray format deal; ZDF snags Covid-19 series

Dabl steps into WTFN’s ‘Living Room‘ WTFN-produced The Living Room is headed to the US on CBS-owned digital lifestyle network Dabl, thanks to a 120-hour content deal negotiated by Australia’s WTFN-owned distributor Fred Media. The long-running studio-based series, which was originally made by WTFN for Australia’s Network Ten, offers a “fresh entertainment spin” on lifestyle […]

US, UK and Nordic prodcos strike deals for Media Ranch format ‘Watch!’

Producers in the US, the UK and the Nordics are among those to have picked up format rights to memory-based gameshow Watch! from Canada’s Media Ranch. The format, created by producer duo John Kirhoffer and Dan Munday, requires contestants to watch a variety show before being tested on what they saw. Banijay Group’s Bunim/Murray Productions […]

Bunim/Murray reshuffles senior roles after Jenkins exit

Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is elevating the role of senior programming and development staff after the exit of its co-president last year. BMP’s Julie Pizzi (pictured) will be elevated from co-president to president of entertainment and development. That comes after Pizzi’s co-president partner Jeff Jenkins departed in November 2017. Farnaz Farjam Chazan will also be promoted […]