Pilgrim Media Group

Lionsgate reveals new unscripted unit following eOne deal

Lionsgate is creating a new unscripted division that will house Pilgrim Media Group and the factual units from recently acquired Entertainment One. Pilgrim CEO Craig Piligian will serve as managing director of Lionsgate Alternative Television, which will harness significant factual firepower with the addition of eOne’s US and UK non-scripted studios, Blackfin, Renegade and Daisybeck. […]

Lionsgate’s Pilgrim & Sean Perry’s 2500 Media strike unscripted partnership

Lionsgate-owned production firm Pilgrim Media Group has inked an exclusive unscripted deal with Sean Perry’s recently launched prodco 2500 Media. Under the agreement, 2500 Media will immediately plug into the worldwide development and production staff at Pilgrim, while the pact includes a first-look scripted component with Lionsgate Television. “When I looked around at ways to […]

News round-up: Netflix & Moonbug expand kids franchises; ‘Detention Adventure’ returns; Dantar inks first-look deal with Pilgrim

Netflix & Moonbug expand kids franchises Netflix and US-UK kids content company Moonbug Entertainment are working an new animated preschool series and specials based on the CoComelon and Little Baby Bum franchises. The shows, which will debut starting in 2022, will include 4 x 60-minute new nursery rhyme compilations and three seasons (24 x 7-minutes) […]

Lionsgate appoints Craig Piligian to lead unscripted TV business

Veteran producer Craig Piligian has signed a new long-term agreement with Lionsgate, which will see him become president of the company’s unscripted TV business, while continuing on as CEO of US-based Pilgrim Media Group. The deal will also see Piligian expand his remit to become chair of Pilgrim Media Group. In his new role as […]

ABC boards “Ultimate Surfer” from Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media

ABC in the US has picked up an eight-part competition series that will attempt to find the world’s best surfer. Ultimate Surfer will gather some of the sport’s best up-and-coming stars to train and live together as they compete in a series of challenges to test their expertise. Each week, one male and one female […]

Pilgrim Media inks deal with game show duo

Pilgrim Media Group has inked a production deal with Michael Canter (left) and Jeff Krask (right), the executive producers behind iconic game shows such as Family Feud, The Newlywed Game, Deal or No Deal and ABC’s Child Support. Operating from Pilgrim’s offices in North Hollywood, Canter and Krask will work closely with Pilgrim’s chief creative […]

Pilgrim steals The Kiss Quotient

Pilgrim Media Group has snapped up TV and film rights to one of the summer’s breakout romance novels, The Kiss Quotient. The debut novel from author Helen Hoang (pictured), has enjoyed “excellent” sales since publication in June, and is currently in its fifth printing. Published by Berkley Jove Trade Paperback Originals (an imprint of Penguin Random […]

YouTube Red greenlights Lou Pearlman documentary

YouTube has ordered a documentary from Pilgrim Media Group about Lou Pearlman, the maverick music producer who managed bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but ultimately ended up dying in jail after running a massive ‘Ponzi’ scheme. The production will air on subscription platform YouTube Red. Entitled The Lou Pearlman Project (w/t), the documentary will […]

Pilgrim names WME exec as business affairs head

Pilgrim Media Group has appointed WME exec David Harris to serve as senior vice president of business and legal affairs. Harris, who will report to Pilgrim’s COO, Gretchen Stockdale, will head up the deal making for the prodco across all development, sales, talent, distribution and other corporate business. The new business exec joins from William […]

Gameshow veteran forms JV with Lionsgate

Prolific gameshow producer Jeff Apploff and Lionsgate Entertainment are creating a joint venture to create unscripted programming and formats. Under terms of the agreement, Lionsgate will land exclusive rights to TV programming from Apploff Entertainment. Apploff, who runs his company as president and CEO, has created formats such as Fox’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (in […]