Unscripted

Bunim/Murray ups two, renews Freeman’s contract

Banijay-owned Bunim/Murray Productions has promoted two development execs and extended its contract with executive VP Scott Freeman (pictured).
June 2, 2011

Banijay-owned Bunim/Murray Productions has promoted two development execs and extended its contract with executive VP Scott Freeman (pictured).

Erin Cristall has been promoted from VP to senior VP, while Rachel Speiser is upped from director to VP. According to the company, the duo has been instrumental in developing successful formats domestically, such as The Bad Girls Club (Oxygen), Love Games (Oxygen) and Saddle Ranch (VH1).

“Scott Freeman, Rachel Speiser and Erin Cristall have all been essential to the development of Bunim/Murray’s successful and growing slate of reality programs over the past couple of years and have helped expand our network relationships,” said Gil Goldschein, president of Bunim/Murray Productions.

“The team’s fresh and innovative ideas continue to drive our reality formats and pave the way as Bunim/Murray ventures into scripted fare.”

Scott Freeman leads the development team at Bunim/Murray Productions and has been with the company for more than a decade. In addition to heading up the company’s development activities, Freeman, as executive producer, oversees The Real World/Road Rules Challenge (MTV) and Saddle Ranch (VH1).

Freeman reports to Goldschein and Bunim/Murray Productions chairman Jonathan Murray.

 

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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