Grant Ross

Banijay hires Shine France exec for digital

Banijay Group has brought in Shine France’s Lionel Abbo to lead its digital efforts globally. Abbo has been named global head of digital. He will lead the company’s digital business, reporting to Banijay CEO Marco Bassetti. He’ll also oversee digital operations at Banijay France, reporting to the prodco’s CEO, François de Brugada. Abbo joins from […]

Format acquisitions boss exits Zodiak

Nathan Gibbs has left his role as Zodiak Media’s head of format acquisitions, TBI has learned. Gibbs joined Zodiak from Endemol Australia last October soon to work on acquisitions with Grant Ross, who had been drafted in as executive VP, global creative development and format acquisitions. TBI understands Gibbs left the company before the merger […]

Lamarra opens Bookhouse with Zodiak

Alaska TV co-founder Ian Lamarra is launching an unscripted programming and formats company with Zodiak Media. Bookhouse represents the new label Zodiak has added to its ranks since acquiring Bwark Productions in 2011. Lamarra is leaving UK-based indie Alaska to launch the company, within which he will be creative director, reporting to Zodiak UK managing […]

Signs of the Zodiak

In his first interview since becoming Zodiak Media’s CEO, Marc-Antoine d’Halluin outlines his plan to turn its group of worldwide production companies and studios into a unified confederation, while putting international format development at the heart of the business. Jesse Whittock reports. With an office perched at the summit of a west London business village, […]

Karsberg, Yeter make US formats switch at Zodiak

Swedish execs Joel Karsberg and Cem Yeter will move to the US to become joint chief creative officers at Zodiak Americas. The pair currently head up Zodiak Media production companies in Scandinavia, but will relocate as part of an effort to increase Zodiak’s unscripted development business in the US. They are credited with jointly leading […]

Sky Vision poaches Zodiak Rights’ Shingleton

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has hired Barnaby Shingleton from rival Zodiak Rights. Shingleton will become Sky Vision’s director, factual and entertainment, reporting directly to managing director Jane Millichip. He was previously head of entertainment for Zodiak Rights, the sales arm of Zodiak Media, where Millichip was also formerly MD. Last week, Zodiak appointed ex-Endemol exec […]

Former Endemol exec appointed Zodiak Media formats chief

Zodiak Media has recruited Grant Ross as executive VP, creative development and format acquisition. Ross announced his departure as Endemol’s formats boss last week and at Zodiak will oversee in-house format development as well as production and acquisition. Ross will also co-chair Zodiak’s newly created International Development Board together with Joel Karsberg, chief creative of […]

Erik de Winter replaces Grant Ross at Endemol

Endemol’s global head of acquisitions, Grant Ross, is leaving the company and will be replaced by acquisitions manager Erik de Winter. Ross is leaving the producer and distributor for an unspecified role outside Endemol. Having joined Endemol France in 2007, he was upped to head of format acquisitions in 2009. Erik de Winter is being […]

Endemol buys Armoza’s Common Denominator

Endemol has taken international rights to gameshow format The Common Denominator. It has taken international rights from Armoza Formats, which had already shopped it to Channel 4 in the UK. Endemol UK makes the Channel 4 version of the show, which debuts today, and in which players have to find the shared connection between two […]