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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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