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Big Coat Media adds development execs

The Amazing Gayl Pile's Brooks Gray joins as head of development, while Frank Sutera joins as SVP content.
October 23, 2017

Love It or List It producer Big Coat Media has bolstered its development team with the addition of Brooks Gray and Frank Sutera.

Sutera (pictured), who previously served as VP of production for Sony Pictures Television, has joined the Toronto-based prodco as SVP of development. 

Based in L.A., Sutera is charged with developing and pitching projects to the U.S. market. He will also work to implement a strategy for bringing new programming to Canadian and international markets.

Big Coat has inked deals with several European broadcasters to adapt its Love It or List It format for local audiences, and two seasons of the format have been produced for the UK’s Channel 4. The prodco also made realscreen‘s most recent Global 100 list.

“[Sutera] brings a tremendous wealth of experience in the U.S./international markets that will play an integral role in the company’s continued expansion,” said CEO Maria Armstrong in a statement.

While at Sony, Sutera oversaw production on the international versions of formats such as The Amazing Race and Top Model. Throughout his career, he’s served as a producer, production exec and creative consultant on multiple formats and recently developed projects with FOX, ABC Family, WEtv and History.

Meanwhile, Gray, perhaps best known as the co-creator of The Amazing Gayl Pile, will join Big Coat as head of development. Based in the company’s Toronto office and reporting to Sutera, Gray will work with content creators to develop new programming, with a particular focus on building the prodco’s scripted slate for both traditional and emerging platforms.

In addition to serving as a writer, director and actor on Gayl Pile, Gray served as a producer on Cock’d Gunns and has written, developed and produced dozens of hours of content for CBC, Discovery, History, YTV, IFC and others. 

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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