Natalka Znak is the new CEO of Zodiak USA, the company has announced.
Previously serving as acting CEO for the company following the departure of Grant Mansfield last March, Znak, who joined Zodiak USA in 2010 as chief creative officer, will oversee the company’s production offices in New York and Los Angeles.
She will also manage Zodiak USA’s programming slate, which includes such series as Secret Millionaire and Celebrity Wife Swap for ABC, and Hardcore Pawn and Lizard Lick Towing for truTV. Upcoming projects include Killer Karaoke, also for truTV, starring Steve-O of Jackass fame and set to debut in October.
Prior to joining Zodiak, Znak was controller of factual entertainment for ITV Studios in London, where she created such series as I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Hell’s Kitchen.
Current production at Zodiak USA will continue to be led by executive vice president Claire O’Donohoe, development by senior vice president Tim Sullivan, and casting by senior vice president Sunny Agans. Senior vice president Mike Gamson will continue to head the East Coast production team. All will report to Znak.
“Natalka is a force of nature and an inspiring creative – she thinks big and isn’t afraid to take a risk. She’s the perfect leader to build on the success we’ve had at Zodiak USA in the last couple of years,” said David Frank, chief executive of Zodiak Media. “As a content group, the markets of North and South America are key to Zodiak’s global ambitions, and Zodiak USA sits at the heart of our plans in building our business here.”
“My immediate plan is to expand the creative teams in both Los Angeles and New York, and my ongoing objective remains the same – [to] create the best original ideas and adapt the most successful Zodiak Media formats for the American marketplace,” said Znak.