truTV elevates Simmy Kustanowitz to VP of development and original programming
Turner-owned comedy network truTV has upped executive Simmy Kustanowitz to vice president of development and original programming.
In this new role, Kustanowitz will be responsible for overseeing the production of pilots, series and specials for the network, as well as shepherding the direction of its programming strategy.
Kustanowitz continues to be based in the network’s New York headquarters and reports to SVP of development and original programming Angel Annussek.
Since joining the company in 2012, Kustanowitz has held the role of executive producer of original programming and development for series including Impractical Jokers , The Carbonaro Effect and Adam Ruins Everything.
Before joining truTV, Kustanowitz was the supervising producer and head writer on the MTV series Silent Library. He was also a writer for Total Request Live from 2004 to 2008, serving as head writer for his final two years with the show.
John Kaplan named president and partner of Alldayeverday
Production and entertainment company Alldayeveryday has appointed John Kaplan as the company’s partner and president.
Based out of Los Angeles, Kaplan (pictured) will manage Alldayeveryday’s flagship office and lead the company with partners Michael Karbelnikoff and Arrow Kruse.
Kaplan comes to Alldayeveryday following a decade with Creative Artists Agency. As a senior agent in the company’s entertainment marketing division, Kaplan represented brands including Coca-Cola, Canada Goose and Fender among others for content and marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining CAA, Kaplan held creative and production roles at Omnicom’s Davie-Brown Entertainment, RadicalMedia and Embassy Row (Sony Pictures TV) where he was a founding member.
In 2017, he formed Prizefighter, a boutique entertainment media consultancy and talent management company. Prizefighter will move to the Allday L.A. office where it will operate as a partner to Allday, focused on developing and managing unique talent.
This past year, Alldayeveryday premiered Adam Bhala Lough’s documentary The New Radical at the Sundance Film Festival. The company has also produced multiple films for the Beats music series Beat by Beat; Channel 4′s music documentary I was there When House Was Born; and Chryl Dunn’s tribute documentary Silverlake Out Loud. Unscripted projects lined up for 2018 include the retrospective hip-hop series Check the Rhyme with producer Jamie Patricof and Electric City, and Cheryl Dunn’s doc on artist Dash Snow for Viceland.
AIDC, NZ On Air announce story pitch initiative
The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is partnering with New Zealand-based broadcast funding agency NZ On Air on a call for nonfiction stories that reflect the relationship between the countries.
At AIDC 2018, up to five New Zealand/Australian co-productions will participate in a public pitching session to a panel of Australian broadcasting commissioners to secure Australian funding, vying to access to up to NZD $200,000 (US $144,000) of matched funding from NZ On Air.
Participating broadcasters will include ABC, SBS, NITV, Viceland, Channel 7 and Channel 9 and various New Zealand broadcasters.
“This initiative is a great opportunity to find important local stories that resonate on both sides of the Tasman. It provides an opportunity for NZ producers to collaborate with Australian producers and broadcasters. at a time when international co-production is an increasingly good option to get some projects into production,” said Jane Wrightson, chief executive, NZ On Air, in a statement.
AIDC 2018 runs March 4-7, ACMI, Fed Square, Melbourne.