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Exclusive: Sirens Media bolsters development with NYC office

The prodco behind Real Housewives of New Jersey (pictured) has named former Jane Street Entertainment exec Daniel Markell as its New York-based VP of development.
August 22, 2014

Silver Springs-headquartered prodco Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey, pictured) is expanding its development division by opening a New York office, and ramping up its DC-area development team with promotions and new hires.

Joining the Leftfield Entertainment-owned company’s New York post is VP of development Daniel Markell. Previously holding that position with Jane Street Entertainment, Markell oversaw its development slate and was behind such series as TLC’s Psychic Matchmaker and FYI’s Rowhouse Showdown. He also served as a creative consultant for Cineflix Productions.

Meanwhile, for the Silver Springs HQ, Sirens Media has hired Nichole Bardin as director of development, and has promoted Brent Hatherill to senior director of development, and Heather Hutt to manager of development.

Bardin comes to Sirens from Washington-based Structure Production, where she worked as a development and strategic business consultant.

The four report to Sirens Media’s senior VP of talent and program development Jen Mayer Kulp. The company says it is in the process of bulking up the New York team with two more hires to be announced in due course.

Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, co-president of Sirens Media alongside Valerie Haselton, said the move into New York “will allow us greater access to clients and more resources from which to provide top-level content. As someone with deep expertise as both a television executive and a hands-on producer, Daniel is the ideal person to join us in this endeavor.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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