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Exclusive: Former Syfy, Wilshire execs unite for Conveyor Media

Former Wilshire Studios development exec Jay James (pictured, right) is teaming up with Syfy development exec Colin Whelan (left) to launch an LA-based prodco, realscreen can reveal.
June 4, 2014

Former Wilshire Studios development exec Jay James (pictured, right) is teaming up with Syfy development exec Colin Whelan (left) to launch an LA-based prodco, realscreen can reveal.

The new firm, Conveyor Media, will specialize in unscripted content and is being repped by Alan Braun, Matt Horowitz and Katie Zwick at CAA.

Both James and Whelan will be attending Realscreen West in Santa Monica today, and will be launching their first slate of projects this month, with projects including Single Moms LA, and Rap Redemption, the latter a collaboration with rapper Ice T.

James was most recently exec VP of development at Wilshire Studios, the reality production arm he helped launch for NBCUniversal. He spent the past nine years developing and producing titles such as Ice Loves Coco, The Soup, Giuliana and Bill, Fashion Police, Baggage and Snoop Dog’s Fatherhood.

Whelan, meanwhile, was most recently VP of alternative development and current programming at Syfy, with credits including Scare Tactics and Haunted Highway. Prior to that he was an EP at TLC, where he oversaw Sarah Palin’s Alaska, LA Ink and Ultimate Cake-Off. 

In a statement given to realscreen, James said that the indie had been a long time in the making.

“We’ve each had successful runs on both sides of the business and feel that the marketplace needs a company where the principals have a strong track record as both executives and producers,” he explained.

Whelan added: “We feel the most important part of our experience lies in the fact that we both started our producing careers down in the trenches, so there’s not a job on any show we haven’t done.

“And we’re both fortunate that we’ve had successful series in nearly every format and genre and feel this makes us a great asset to our network partners.”

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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