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Reality veterans launch new factual prodco

The Nightingale Company is teaming up with reality veterans Sean Connolly and Burak Ozgan to launch Gorilla Media, to focus on creating factual entertainment and documentaries.
November 17, 2008

The Nightingale Company is teaming up with reality veterans Sean Connolly and Burak Ozgan to launch Gorilla Media, to focus on creating factual entertainment and documentaries.

Gorilla will be headed by Connolly and Ozgan alongside Debbie Nightingale, president of the Toronto prodco.

‘Partnering with Burak and Sean gives us an opportunity to push further into the factual side of this business where we believe there is a lot of opportunity. Each of them has made an impressive name for themselves in the factual field, and together they make a dynamic and highly creative team,’ commented Nightingale.

Connolly has built his resume working at Toronto companies such as Red Apple Entertainment and Ellis Entertainment, and was recently in charge of development at Proper Television, where he worked on lifestyle series including Slice’s Newlywed, Nearly Dead? and HGTV Canada’s Realtor vs. Realtor. Ozgan has worked as lead editor on series such as Canada’s Next Top Model and the Discovery Canada ratings hit Canada’s Worst Driver.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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