John Pollak


Electus International’s Pollak lands at NBC

Electus Television and International president John Pollak has moved to NBC’s alternative and reality group to head its domestic sales strategy.  The exec’s appointment comes months after Propagate Content acquired Running Wild With Bear Grylls producer-distributor Electus from IAC in October. At NBC, he will oversee and manage commercial affairs for the business’s unscripted programmes, […]

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 […]

Authentically survival

Survival shows are nothing new, but the last few years have seen the genre go into overdrive, with titles like Naked And Afraid, Alone, Running Wild, Hunted and The Island proving real-life endurance tests are popular around the world, reports Andy Fry. Ask TV executives why survival shows are proliferating and they will tell you […]

Electus strikes Bellator MMA deals

Electus International has secured new deals for the Bellator mixed martial arts championship with international channels. US-based Electus took on distribution of the Bellator MMA rights at the start of the year and has now struck TV rights deals with Network Ten in Australia, RTL9 in France, Discovery in Italy, 15TV in Spain, Fight Channel […]

Discovery goes Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Discovery Networks International has bought Running Wild with Bear Grylls for a number of its channels. The deal with Electus International hands DNI broadcast rights in nearly 220 territories. The show launched on Discovery Channel in the US in July. The series sees adventurer Grylls take celebrities such as Zac Efron and Ben Stiller to […]

Electus scores Columbian first-look deal

Multimedia entertainment studio Electus has signed a one-year first-look deal with Columbia’s Caracol Television. The deal gives Electus the right to develop, pitch and produce Caracol formats for the US market alongside production partner Jay Weisleder and represent a first for the IAC-backed company. Caracol’s programmes include telenovelas Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso (Without Breasts […]