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Former HGTV exec, showrunner launch BSTV Entertainment

Beth Burke, formerly an exec at Food Network and HGTV in the U.S., and Blake Swerdloff, most recently a showrunner on HGTV's The High Low Project, have launched a lifestyle prodco.
November 6, 2012

Beth Burke, formerly an exec at Food Network and HGTV in the U.S., and Blake Swerdloff, most recently a showrunner on HGTV’s The High Low Project, have launched a lifestyle development and production company called BSTV Entertainment.

The aim of the company is to develop and produce programs around top-level on-air talent, and BSTV has already started with Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes for the Food Network, which premiered on October 14; and Quest for the Fresh, a two-part special that aired in early October on the Cooking Channel, hosted by Claire Robinson.

BSTV Entertainment has also developed and sold projects to OWN, Disney Interactive Media Group, Food Network, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, HGTV and Electus’ YouTube channel, “Hungry.”

Beth Burke, the co-owner and executive producer of BSTV, was a programming executive at the Food Network, Cooking Channel and HGTV. While at the Food Network, she oversaw series including Barefoot Contessa, Semi Homemade with Sandra Lee and Paula’s Best Dishes. At HGTV, Burke launched House Hunters International and numerous design shows. She has also produced for VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, HBO, FX and the Travel Channel.

Blake Swerdloff, who shares the title of co-owner and executive producer of BSTV, has created and sold a number of series and specials to HGTV and OWN. He has also worked at VH1 in the series and specials department and has produced shows for E! Entertainment, Court TV, BET, A&E, MSNBC and the Discovery Channel.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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