New York prodco MY Entertainment, formerly named MY Tupelo, has hired reality producer Wilson Surratt (pictured) as its senior VP of development, in charge of overseeing the group’s slate of domestic and overseas formats.
The exec’s entry follows MY Entertainment founder and president Michael Yudin’s 100% acquisition earlier this year of Raycom Media’s stake in what was formerly MY Tupelo Entertainment, which was the result of a 2012 joint venture in which Raycom Media acquired the assets of Tupelo-Honey Productions.
Under the corporate restructure, the company also reverted to its original name, MY Entertainment, in August.
Surratt – who is the owner of New York-based indie South of Broad Productions – has overseen shows for CNN (Erin Burnett OutFront, Smerconish, CNN Tonight), CNBC (Street Signs, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch) and Tribune Broadcasting, in addition to producing news coverage of events such as the 2012 U.S. federal election, 2005′s Hurricane Katrina and the South Asian tsunami of 2004.
In a statement, Yudin describes Surratt’s appointment as a “real step change” for MY Entertainment, adding, “We’ve been looking for a development chief of Wil’s calibre for quite a while. Very few executives possess his combination of creative and production skill, professional status and track record.
“His experience of developing shows with elite news and documentary talent fits perfectly with our strategy of becoming North America’s leading developer of high-quality, talent-driven docureality content,” said Yudin.
Surratt added: “I’m thrilled to be working alongside a rock-star media giant like Michael as he takes MY Entertainment to the next level. I welcome a rare opportunity to develop shows under a banner with a proven track record of creative quality and television innovation. I look forward to building a slate of character-driven, surprising and entertaining shows in that tradition.”