Studio71 names unscripted TV president

ProSiebenSat.1 Group-owned multi-channel network Studio71 has named former Ryan Seacrest Productions executive Rabih Gholam (pictured) to the newly created post.
February 11, 2016

ProSiebenSat.1 Group-owned Studio71 has named former Ryan Seacrest Productions executive Rabih Gholam to the newly created post of president of unscripted television.

Reporting to Studio71 board member Michael Green, Gholam will be charged with developing and expanding the multi-channel network’s unscripted television content while creating IP for its leading YouTube and social media influencers. The company was recently rebranded from Collective Digital Studio six months after the merger between the LA-based MCN and Germany’s Studio 71 network.

Most recently, Gholam served as executive VP and head of unscripted programming at Ryan Seacrest Productions where his credits include Freeform’s Becoming Us and CMT’s I Love Kellie Pickler.

Prior to boarding Ryan Seacrest Productions, Gholam worked in a number of executive roles, including under the Endemol production banner as executive VP of alternative programming at 51 Minds, as well as serving as an executive producer at MTV.

Other credits for the veteran television executive include ABC’s Whodunnit, CBS’ Same Name, Fox’s Somebody Has to Go, MTV’s The Hills, The Surreal LifeThe Mole and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

“More than ever before, we are seeing a clear merger between digital and traditional linear television,” said Gholam in a statement. “Studio71 represents many of the top influencers in the digital space across YouTube, Vine, Instagram and Snapchat. To me, it’s one big casting call, and I’ve been charged with developing the right projects and formats for them, whether those projects live on TV or one of today’s many digital platforms”

“Continuing to develop and produce original premium content is our top focus, and Rabih brings years of experience and relationships in unscripted television to Studio71, so we can maximize opportunities for our creators across every possible platform,” added Green. “We want to create hits, and he’ll help us do so.”

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