Swedish producers and format developers Joel Karsberg (pictured, right) and Cem Yeter (left) are making the move from Zodiak Nordic to Zodiak Americas, where they will lead unscripted development as joint chief creative officers.
The pair will relocate from Sweden to Santa Monica, California, in July, where they will lead an unscripted development push that involves adapting international formats for the American marketplace. Both will report directly to Jonny Slow, CEO of Zodiak Americas.
Karsberg previously served as chief creative officer of Zodiak Nordic, while Yeter was CEO of Zodiak-owned prodco Mastiff Sweden. Together, the pair has produced formats such as Best Singer, Dancing with the Stars and Copycat Singers, as well as reality series Dropped and Paradise Hotel.
Yeter will be replaced at Mastiff by Matilda Snöwall, the former head of factual entertainment and reality at Swedish broadcaster TV4.
“Cem and I have worked together for almost 10 years and during that time we have been fortunate to enjoy huge ratings success in Sweden,” said Karsberg in a statement. “More than ever before, a hit show is only a hit when it also succeeds in the U.S., so to have the opportunity to live here and join the highly experienced Zodiak Americas team is a fantastically exciting opportunity for us both.”
Slow added: “This exciting double appointment demonstrates Zodiak’s continued drive to grow its U.S. business, this time with key hires from our global talent base. Joel and Cem’s numerous connections across the globe will supercharge our ability to develop and adapt new unscripted formats at a time when rapid and effective multi-territory coordination has become crucial to our success.”