Unscripted

Barry Poznick tapped as unscripted president at MGM TV

Four months after taking the helm as president of MGM Television and Digital Group, Mark Burnett has tapped veteran producer Barry Poznick (pictured) as president of unscripted television.
April 28, 2016

Four months after taking the helm as president of MGM Television and Digital Group, Mark Burnett has hired veteran producer Barry Poznick (pictured) as president of unscripted television.

Burnett and Poznick are frequent collaborators and have worked together on series including Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Fox), How’d You Get So Rich? (TV Land) and Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host (TBS).

Reporting directly to Burnett, Poznick is to oversee the creative and development of all unscripted television content.

The exec in 1994 founded unscripted shop Zoo Productions, which was later acquired by All3Media in 2008 in one of the company’s earliest acquisitions. In 2013, Poznick launched Barracuda Television Productions and inked a multi-year deal with Electus.

The exec’s credits include such comedy-driven unscripted formats as Buckwild (MTV), World’s Worst Tenants (Spike), Prankstars (Disney) and The American Bible Challenge and Lingo (GSN).

Burnett said in a statement that he “took [his] time” in finding the right candidate for the unscripted role.

“In order to produce hit television shows, you need to be able to create, to produce and to market. Barry Poznick can do it all,” he said. “He has been successful in primetime network, primetime cable and daytime syndication. We have made hundreds of hours of TV together and Barry is the perfect person to build upon MGM’s solid unscripted foundation.”

MGM Television’s unscripted roster includes the series The Voice  (NBC), Survivor (CBS), 500 Questions (ABC) and America’s Greatest Makers (INTEL/Turner), among others.

MGM took full control of United Artists Media Group (UAMG) back in December, acquiring the remaining 45% of stakes in its UAMG JV with Hearst Entertainment, Burnett and Roma Downey.

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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