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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 […]

Ex-Eyeworks, Shine exec joins Lionsgate

Former Eyeworks and Shine International sales exec Ted Bookstaver has joined US studio Lionsgate Television. He will take up the newly-created post of senior VP, alternative programming sales. In the role, he will oversee global sales of Lionsgate’s slate of alternative (unscripted) shows. Lionsgate’s executive VP, alternative programming Jennifer O’Connell, who joined last year after […]

Pilgrim, esports firm create TV, digital pact

Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Media Group and esports firm ESL have formed a partnership to create and distribute original content. The pair will focus on esports entertainment content – filmed and live gaming competitions – for television and digital platforms. ESL is one of the world’s leading esports companies, with its events including in the Intel […]