Bunim/Murray Productions

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 The long-running studio-based series, which was originally made by WTFN for Australia’s Network Ten, offers a “fresh entertainment spin” on lifestyle […]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 […]

Bunim/Murray develops high-tech martial arts series

Reality TV producer Bunim/Murray Productions has joined forces with Australia-based company Chiron Global to develop a high-tech Martial Arts Experience docu-competition series – Unified Weapons Master:  Calling All Contenders. Chiron Global is the founder of combat sport Unified Weapons Master (UWM) and a leader in wearable technologies. Bunim/Murray Productions (Keeping up with the Kardashians, Project Runway) […]

Real World prodco pacts with Korea’s Signal

Bunim/Murray Productions has signed a joint development deal with South Korea’s Signal Entertainment Group. This will see The Real World producer BMP expanding into Asia by developing new formats with Signal, which has produced more than 60 programmes since 2005. BMP is also behind shows such as E!’s The Simple Life, Lifetime’s Project Runway, Netflix’s […]

Netflix orders trio of originals, Stranger Things II

Streaming service Netflix has ordered a pair of tween-skewed scripted series, on of which comes from CBBC, a Bill Nye talk show and a second season of summer hit Stranger Things. The tween series are an untitled Horse Mystery project and one based on Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch novels, both of which are billed […]

Bunim/Murray rejigs with promotions, hires

US 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 […]

E! cancels I Am Cait

US cable channel E! has cancelled its ground-breaking reality series I Am Cait, with its transgender star Caitlyn Jenner remaining on the network on the long-running Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I Am Cait sparked debate, featuring Jenner as she transitioned from a man, then Bruce Jenner, to a woman. After debuting last summer, it […]