Endemol-owned Original Media has appointed Daniel Laikind (pictured) as its new CEO.
Based in Original’s New York office, Laikind will oversee all reality-based content – including first-run unscripted cable programming – for the prodco, which has created series such as TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters and LA Ink, Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, and Discovery’s Storm Chasers.
Prior to joining Original, Laikind served as president of development and production at Stick Figure Productions, which he also co-founded. Its credits include UPN’s Amish in the City, E!’s #1 Single with Lisa Loeb, HBO’s Family Bonds, Style’s Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane and Nat Geo’s Repossessed.
“Daniel has had a profound impact on the unscripted genre in both long-form and short-form and is known for creating edgy, quality content,” said Charlie Corwin, Original co-founder and co-chairman, and Endemol North America co-CEO. “I love his work. He is very well liked and respected in the creative community and among buyers.”
Laikind added: “I have watched for years as Charlie and his incredible team at Original Media have managed to do the hardest thing in our business – produce content across every genre that is wildly entertaining, that connects with an audience, and that, true to the company name, is always original. To get a chance to continue the legacy is an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Original was acquired by Endemol North America in 2007.