Jason Cipriano elevated to VP digital role at Paramount Network
Viacom executive Jason Cipriano has been elevated to the role of vice-president, multiplatform content and strategy for Paramount Network and TV Land.
With Paramount set to debut in January, Cipriano (pictured) will report to Anhelo Reyes, SVP, consumer marketing, Paramount Network.
In his new position, Cipriano will be responsible for managing digital content strategy, supporting marketing efforts for Paramount Network and TV Land owned and operated platforms as well as overseeing development and production of original digital video content for those platforms.
Cipriano will also be tasked with developing strategic initiatives to help bolster the digital footprint for Paramount Network and TV Land while working closely with the digital production, design, product integration and integrated marketing teams.
The executive previously held the position of director, digital content strategy and programming for Spike – the soon-to-be Paramount Network – where he led the network’s multiplatform digital strategy and was key in the launch of the network’s TV Everywhere app in 2015.
With more than a decade of experience of working at Viacom, Cipriano began his career as a production assistant at MTV.com in 2004, before moving to mtvU and MTV2 digital platforms. He then moved onto Spike as a supervising producer in 2011 and has worked on shows such as Lip Sync Battle, Ink Master and Bar Rescue.
Ovrture, TheMachine team on comedy stunt series Busted
The digital and media hub of 44Blue Productions, Ovrture has teamed with the indie prodco studio TheMachine on the comedy series Busted.
The unscripted program looks at the most daring and adventurous physical comedy and action film stunts of the past century.
Hosted by comedian Nathan Barnatt, the series will examine the history of two specific stunts in each episode, diving into the backstory of their creation through interviews with the performers, crews and family members surrounding them.
Barnatt will then recreate the stunts, culminating in a hybrid of the two stunts.
Awards round-up for the New York Television Festival and Austin Film Festival
Gameshow format Against All Odds and Canadian feature doc Transformer each took home awards this past weekend.
Based out of the UK, Lucy Smith and Jamie Minty won Best Unscripted/Alternative Project for Against All Odds at the annual New York Television Festival, while Transformer picked up the Best Documentary Feature at the Austin Film Festival.
As the winner of one of the 14 categories in the Independent Pilot Competition, Against All Odds involves five contestants carrying five locked bags, with one of the bags containing: £100,000. Together, the group must complete an obstacle course across treacherous natural landscapes and make it to the finish line.
The 13th annual New York Television Festival took place from Oct. 23 to 28 in Manhattan. The festival aims to connect networks, studios, agencies, production companies and brands.
“A dozen years after our first festival, I continue to be impressed by the talent that we are attracting from a thriving community of independent creators,” said NYTVF founder and executive director Terence Gray, in a statement.
Elswehere, the Austin Film Festival, which took place from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2, announced its 2017 Script Competition Winners and Film Competition Jury Award winners on Saturday night.
Canadian feature doc Transformer picked up the award for Best Documentary Feature, while Los Comandos picked up the award for Documentary Short.
In Transformer, Toronto-based director Michael Delmonte followed Matt Kroczaleski, a bodybuilder and world-record powerlifter for two years. Kroczaleski went from being a self-described “white trash kid” to a decorated U.S. Marine, to a top-level bodybuilder. Kroczaleski eventually becomes the strongest man on the planet, until his transition to ‘Janae’.
Produced by Storystream Creative and commissioned by Canada’s Documentary Channel, the film was further supported by the CMF-POV Fund in Canada. American and world rights are still open.
Los Comandos follows emergency medical unit Los Comandos de Salvamento, which fights against the epidemic of gang violence in El Salvador.