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Exclusive: Orion ups Burshtan, boosts creative team

Colorado-based prodco Orion Entertainment has promoted executive producer John Burshtan (pictured) to VP of production and has named Michelle McDonald, Stacey Blacker and Jarratt Carson as exec producers.
January 21, 2015

Colorado-based prodco Orion Entertainment has promoted executive producer John Burshtan (pictured) to VP of production and has named Michelle McDonald, Stacey Blacker and Jarratt Carson as exec producers.

In his new position, Burshtan will manage the company’s production teams and oversee “creative insight” for Orion’s shows, which include Guiding Alaska (Travel), Living Big Sky (HGTV) and Building Alaska (DIY), among others.  Among the exec’s producing credits are Living Alaska (HGTV), Trip Flip (Travel) and Warriors (History).

Elsewhere, Orion has upped a trio of supervising producers to the roles of EP across its roster of shows.

Leading the group is McDonald, who will now serve as exec producer for both Living Big Sky (HGTV) and Treehouse Guys (DIY). Her producing credits include Cake Boss: Next Great Baker (TLC), Unwrapped (Food Network) and Bang for Your Buck (HGTV).

Meanwhile, Blacker – who has exec produced such shows as Worst Kitchen in America (DIY), Rescue Renovation (DIY), and Trip Flip (Travel) – will work as EP and showrunner for the Jim Belushi format Building Belushi (DIY).

Finally, long-time Amazing Race producer Carson will serve as co-executive producer of Guiding Alaska (Travel). Previously, he served as co-executive producer of One Man Army (Discovery).

All four will report directly to Orion CEO Chris Dorsey.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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