Exclusive: True, Original name SVPs, ink producer overall deal

The Endemol Shine North America-owned prodcos have named Tony Biancosino (pictured, center) and Hazel Steward (right) as senior VPs of development, while securing an overall deal with Jo Honig (left) via her Omelette Bar Productions.
January 29, 2016

Endemol Shine North America-owned prodcos True Entertainment and Original Media have appointed two senior development executives while securing an overall deal with producer Jo Honig of Omelette Bar Productions.

Tony Biancosino (pictured, center) has joined Original Media as senior VP of development, while Hazel Steward (right) is to serve as senior VP of East Coast development at True Entertainment, co-heading development with her West Coast colleague Bryan Hale, who joined True last January.

The new hires will both report to Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, co-presidents and CEOs of True Entertainment and Original Media.

As an executive producer, Biancosino’s credits include TLC’s It’s All Relative with Leah Remini, Syfy’s Town of the Living Dead and FYI’s Trashformers. He has also developed branded content for Time Inc., Jessica Seinfeld, Penguin-Random House, Thrillist and JSTOR.

Steward has previously served as VP of development at The Gurin Company, senior VP of development at Merv Griffin Entertainment, and senior VP of media and channel operations at social media net Starclub. Her credits include NBC’s It’s Worth What, HGTV’s Fleamarket Flip, and NBC and CMT’s The Singing Bee.

Elsewhere, indie producer Jo Honig (left) has inked an overall deal with True Entertainment via her Omelette Bar Productions.

Under the deal, Omelette Bar will focus entirely on creating unscripted comedy and “off-beat” documentary series.

Honig previously served as executive VP of development at True, where she oversaw such series as Vanity Fair ConfidentialGoing Deep with David Rees and Love, Lust or Run. She has also produced series for a raft of networks including Bravo, E!, History, Lifetime, Esquire, VH1 and Comedy Central.

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