Magical Elves


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 […]

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 […]

Netflix greenlights Cameron Dallas series

Netflix’s latest original programme is an unscripted series featuring social media star Cameron Dallas. The untitled series will follow Dallas, who has more than 35 million followers across five platforms, as he tries to take his career to the next level. It will feature his friends and families, exposing the stark contrast between public persona […]

Tinopolis poaches Wall to Wall boss

Wales-based Tinopolis Group has poached Wall to Wall veteran Jonathan Hewes to become CEO of its subsidiaries Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions. Hewes (pictured) was most recently head of international at Warner Bros. International Television Production-owned Wall to Wall, having worked at the Who Do You Think You Are produce for two decades. He has […]

Tinopolis poaches Sky entertainment exec

Wales-based Tinopolis Group has hired Sky commissioning editor Chris Brogden as part of a push into entertainment formats. He will become the production and distribution group’s first creative director, entertainment. The post will see Brogden (pictured) working with Tinopolis’s 17 prodcos, which are based either in the UK and US. He will report to Tinopolis […]