Magical Elves

‘Top Chef’ producer Magical Elves hires Batterie Pictures founder

Magical Elves, the Tinopolis-owned firm behind Bravo’s Top Chef and Netflix’s Nailed It!, has hired Batterie Pictures founder Noah Livingston as SVP of development. He will join the team developing competition formats across multiple genres, docuseries, and premium documentaries, reporting to EVP of development, Dan Goldsack, who joined the firm in April last year, and […]

AGC Studios hires Magical Elves alum to head up new unscripted banner

US-based AGC Studios has hired Magical Elves alum Joel Zimmer to lead its new subsidiary, AGC Unwritten, which will combine its unscripted and non-fiction titles under one banner. Zimmer who was previously EVP of development at the Tinopolis-backed Magical Elves, will serve as president of AGC Unwritten, taking on the responsibility of developing, financing, producing […]

‘Top Chef’ firm Magical Elves hires Burning Bright’s factual chief

Magical Elves, the Tinopolis-owned firm behind Bravo’s Top Chef and Netflix’s Nailed It!, has hired Dan Goldsack as EVP of development. Goldsack will head up the development team, oversee all development across the company and report directly to co-CEOs Jo Sharon and Casey Kriley. He joins having been head of factual entertainment at Burning Bright, where […]

Magical Elves promotes Dan Murphy to COO

LA-based non-fiction production outfit Magical Elves has promoted Dan Murphy to the role of chief operating officer. Murphy, who joined the Tinopolis Group-owned company more than a decade ago, previously served as EVP of production. He succeeds Casey Kriley who was named co-CEO alongside Jo Sharon last year. In his newly expanded role, Murphy will […]

Magical Elves sets out new leadership

Tinopolis-owned Nailed It! Producer Magical Elves has new leadership. The business has tapped long-time execs Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon as joint CEOs of the firm, whose slate includes Project Runway, Top Chef Jr. and Braxton Family Values. Kriley previously served as chief operating officer at the business, while Sharon was chief creative officer. The […]

Universal Television Alternative Studio hires Toby Gorman

Universal Television Alternative Studio has appointed Magical Elves’ Toby Gorman as president. The exec, who most recently served as interim CEO for the Tinopolis-owned prodco, succeeds Meredith Ahr, who was promoted to president of NBC Entertainment’s alternative and reality group late last year. In the new role, Gorman will look after development, domestic sales and […]

Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz launch Alfred Street Industries

Reality producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, the founders of Project Runway indie Magical Elves, have launched new media and content venture Alfred Street Industries. The launch comes four months after the Cutforth and Lipsitz announced their departure from Magical Elves, which they sold to Tinopolis Group in 2014. Alfred Street is up and running […]

Magical Elves founders Cutforth and Lipsitz depart

Magical Elves founders Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are stepping down from the Top Chef producer, which they founded in 2001.  The Emmy-winning producers and business partners will return to their roots as indie producers, while Magical Elves is to remain under Tinopolis Group, which acquired the business in 2014. The pair will work with Tinopolis during […]

NBCU takes on ID as Oxygen retools as crime net

NBCUniversal is repositioning female-focused US cable channel Oxygen as a crime-themed network, putting it in direct competition with Investigation Discovery. The new look network will target true crime-hungry female audiences, which are mainly served in the US by Discovery Communications’ thematic ID channel. The reposition comes after Oxygen expanded its ‘Crime Time’ block to four […]

Ex-NBCU unscripted chief resurfaces at Tinopolis

NBCUniversal International Studios’ former unscripted chief, David Mortimer, has joined transatlantic production group Tinopolis. Mortimer has become Tinopolis’ first director of content, overseeing content direction and performance across the Wales-headquartered production and distribution group. Placing a particular focus on popular factual and factual entertainment, Mortimer will also be tasked with group growth by identifying and […]

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