Marc Graboff

Core Media files for bankruptcy

American Idol owner Core Media Group has filed for bankruptcy. The company, which was part of the joint venture created to house Endemol and Shine when they merged but was run a separate entity, confirmed the bankruptcy filing. In a statement it said it ‘remains firmly committed to our mission as a global content and […]

Betty founder leaving after 14 years

Liz Warner is leaving Discovery Communications-owned producer Betty 14 years after she founded the business. She exits in April and her CEO position will not be replaced, with senior management now reporting into creative director Neil Smith. A director of programmes will additionally be hired. Four years ago, Warner sold Betty to Discovery in what […]

Endemol Shine Group: the story so far

The enormous distribution group created by the merger of Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media is taking shape, with a raft of new appointments, executives leaving the business and former staffers turning up elsewhere. Here are the key appointments at the new super group. Endemol Shine Group has been shaping up under CEO Sophie Turner […]

Core’s Graboff resurfaces at Discovery

Ex-Core Media Group president Marc Graboff has joined pay TV giant Discovery Communications. Graboff (pictured left) will be president, global business and legal affairs, production management and studios – a role that includes the duties of former Discovery Studios chief Eileen O’Neill, whose exit was revealed last month. Among Graboff’s duties are day-to-day management of […]

Endemol-Shine-Core US leaders named

The joint venture behind the Endemol-Shine Group-Core Media tie-up has named its senior US management. Endemol North America co-chairman and CEOs Cris Abrego (pictured) and Charlie Corwin have been named in the same role at the unnamed JV, reporting to the company’s president, Tim Hincks. They have been in the top US job at Endemol […]

Turner Laing named Shine-Endemol-Core chief

Former BSkyB content boss Sophie Turner-Laing has landed what is perhaps the biggest job in global production. She will be CEO of the merged Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media Group TV production giant, which is set to launch as a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management. “Pending the parties finalising […]

Marc Graboff leaves Core as mega-merger moves closer

Marc Graboff, the former NBC programming boss, is leaving Core Media Group. His departure is being seen as a clear sign that the Core-Endemol-Shine merger is moving ahead, with Endemol North America bosses Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin taking over Graboff’s responsibilities. In May 21st Century Fox said it planned to create a joint venture […]

Fox, Apollo plan Endemol, Shine, Core merger

21st Century Fox plans to create a joint venture with fund manager Apollo Global Management that would house a combined group of Endemol, Shine and CORE Media. Fox, Apollo plan to merge three major global production companies Move would bring Big Brother, MasterChef and Idol franchises together for first time No guarantee of deal, but […]

Noreen Halpern’s Halfire hires Hope

Halfire Entertainment, the prodco set up by Entertainment One’s former drama boss Noreen Halpern, has recruited Julie Hope as its COO. Hope, a chartered accountant, joins the Toronto-based company from Insight Productions, where she was CFO. Insight is the Canadian indie that makes Amazing Race Canada and Big Brother Canada. She starts at Halfire at […]

US and Canadian broadcasters team for comedy series first

NBC and Shaw are joining forces to make single-cam comedy series Working the Engels, marking the first time the US and Canadian broadcasters have collaborated on a half-hour network comedy. The show will be made by the broadcasters and US/Canadian producer Halfire-Core Entertainment, the joint venture between ex-eOne exec Noreen Halpern and ex-NBC exec Marc […]