Gil Goldschein

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 backs ex-Zodiak USA chief’s prodco

Former Zodiak USA boss Joel Karsberg has secured backing from Bunim-Murray Productions (BMP) for his new prodco, Kreativ Inc. Karsberg launched the firm after leaving Banijay Group-owned Zodiak USA, where he was chief creative officer and CEO, and has a pod deal with BMP, another Banijay company. He has also drafted in former Mark Burnett […]

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 […]

Bunim/Murray signs celeb reality prodco pact

US reality producer Bunim/Murray Productions has signed an exclusive production deal with compatriot WikkedCat Entertainment. The deal gives The Real World producer Bunim/Murray access to WikkedCat’s unscripted programming, with a focus on celeb-reality franchises. Bunim/Murray is part of the Banijay Group, while WikkedCat is behind series including VH1’s I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle and […]

E! to document Bruce Jenner transition

Comcast’s channel E! Entertainment will document American celebrity Bruce Jenner’s transition to a transgender woman. The currently untitled 8x60mins series was announced on Friday during an ABC interview with Jenner, the patriarch of the Kardashian reality TV family. On US cable the show debuts on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm, and will also go out […]

Bunim/Murray chair stands down in shake up

Jonathan Murray is stepping back from Bunim/Murray Productions, the pioneering US reality prodco he co-created nearly 30 years ago. A management shake-up sees BMP president Gil Goldschein (pictured, right) promoted to CEO and chairman, with Murray relinquishing his chairman role and seguing to an executive consultant post. BMP is behind ground-breaking MTV reality series Real […]

Banijay poaches Endemol exec for digital

Banijay-backed US prodco Bunim/Murray has poached John P. Roberts from Endemol for a new digital role. At Bunim/Murray, Roberts will be chief digital officer, running the BMP Digital division. The producer has also upped Kesila Childers from director to vice president, reporting to Roberts. Roberts joined Endemol in June 2012 and was senior VP digital […]