North Hollywood-based Pilgrim Studios, headed up by CEO and exec producer Craig Piligian (pictured) and producers of Dirty Jobs, American Chopper and Top Shot among other titles, has bolstered its development department with four hires and has officially announced promotions for three execs.
Joining the company is Nicholas Caprio as vice president of original programming, Rob Hill as vice president of development, Jon Unger as manager of development, and Beth Miller as vice president of scripted programming.
Caprio joins Pilgrim from Gay Rosenthal Productions, where he was most recently executive vice president. Hill was most recently head of development for Optomen in the UK, and also held that title at Renegade Pictures. Unger, meanwhile, was previously in the current programming and alternative series and specials department at ABC.
Miller’s hire shows a growing commitment to scripted for the company, which first ventured into the territory with the Lifetime TV movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. Before Pilgrim, she was with Disney and served as an exec at both Disney Channel and ABC Family.
Execs promoted within the company include Johnny Gould, upped from VP of programming and business development to SVP, original programming and development. Also upped are Jamie Fleischman and Jake Shelton, to manager, development.