Chris Cowan joins BermanBraun, Angel City Factory closes

Banijay Entertainment has closed U.S. prodco Angel City Factory, with the indie's co-founder Chris Cowan (pictured) joining BermanBraun.
May 23, 2012

Banijay Entertainment is shuttering U.S. prodco Angel City Factory, with the indie’s co-founder Chris Cowan (pictured) having departed to join BermanBraun in a new role overseeing unscripted television and video development for the company’s digital unit.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Banijay said that all ACF development and current programming negotiations will be moved under the banner of fellow Banijay-owned U.S. indie Bunim/Murray Productions. ACF earlier this year struck a deal to produce the series Home Takeover with Simon & Tomas for U.S. channel OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

“This transfer will be seamless to all those involved,” the spokesperson said. In addition, the spokesperson verified to realscreen that fellow ACF co-founder Jean-Michel Michenaud had left the company “quite a while back, in a separate decision.”

The news comes after ACF’s former head of production Justin Dudek earlier this month joined Ben Silverman’s Electus as executive in charge of production, charged with overseeing all Electus and third-party productions for the company.

Meanwhile, Cowan’s new role at multimedia company BermanBraun will have him overseeing the supply of video for BermanBraun’s three YouYube channels and its multiple premium website brands.

“After nearly 20 years of running my own company, it was going to take a pretty unique opportunity for me to join someone else’s team and this was it,” he said in a statement.

“To work with creative executives like Gene Stein, Jared Heinke, Paco Vinoly and Mike Weetman, who have been leading BermanBraun’s charge in both traditional television and new media platforms, is an amazing proposition.”

In a separate statement, Banijay Group exec VP François de Brugada said: “We wish Chris the best in all his future endeavors.”

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