Electus


Propagate buys Electus, invests in Black-ish producer

Propagate Content has acquired Running Wild With Bear Grylls producer-distributor Electus from IAC, while taking a majority stake in talent agency and Black-ish producer Artists First. Electus was originally founded by Propagate chairman and co-CEO Ben Silverman with the backing of IAC in 2009. The exec left the business in 2016 to create Propagate with co-CEO […]

Electus ups Kelly-Clyne to Big Breakfast head of development

On the heels of Freeform’s development announcement for Big Breakfast’s Joss Whedon-executive produced dark comedy, Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective, the Electus-owned studio has named producer, director and writer Luke Kelly-Clyne head of development. Commenting, Electus COO Drew Buckley said: “Luke has been integral in expanding and diversifying Big Breakfast’s slate – everything from scripted comedies […]

Electus launches 6/26 int’l copro model

US producer-distributor Electus has created a new international coproduction model for unscripted programmes dubbed ‘6/26’. The practice is the brainchild of Electus worldwide television and international president John Pollak, and is aimed at secured multi-episode orders. The processs sees four broadcasters – Australia’s Nine Network, France’s TF1, Germany’s Nito (part of RTL Germany) and Nordics-based […]

Pollak promoted at Electus

John Pollak has been promoted to the role of president of worldwide television and international at Electus. In his new role, Pollak will report to CEO Chris Grant, having served as president of Electus International since 2012. He will now oversee the global rollout of Electus’ scripted and unscripted content, including development, production and current […]

Electus ups stake in Prinicipato-Young

Entertainment studio Electus had expanded its partnership with Principato-Young Entertainment (PYE), a management and production company. The move will see Peter Principato (pictured) become president and CEO of PYE, and work more closely with Electus’ CEO Chris Grant and COO Drew Buckley. As part of the deal, PYE co-founder Paul Young has agreed to sell […]

Electus hires UK-based European sales chief

Electus has poached Jonathan South from Televisa and he will head up its European operation. In the new London-based role South will work across sales, acquisition and coproduction. As senior VP and head of Europe at the IAC-backed producer and distributor South will run distribution in the UK, France and Nordics. He will also scout […]

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 […]

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