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Brad Austin boards AGC Studios as VP, unscripted

AGC Television, the production division of Stuart Ford’s nascent Hollywood- and London-based indie AGC Studios, has tapped former Sirens Media executive Brad Austin as VP of unscripted television. In the role, Austin ...
January 11, 2019

AGC Television, the production division of Stuart Ford’s nascent Hollywood- and London-based indie AGC Studios, has tapped former Sirens Media executive Brad Austin as VP of unscripted television.

In the role, Austin will be responsible for managing the company’s development and production of unscripted TV content.

Austin brings more than 15 years of industry experience to the fledgling content studio and will work closely alongside AGC Television president Lourdes Diaz to create and produce an original slate of unscripted content. He will also work with AGC’s London office on projects.

Most recently, Austin served as a development consultant for Discovery Studios and was formerly SVP of development at Sirens Media where he helped build unscripted development slates of original formats and docuseries.

Previously, he was VP of development at Renegade 83 Productions. Over a four-year tenure there, he oversaw numerous series including Sugar at YouTube, Many Sides of Jane at A&E and Aaron Hernandez: Uncovered at Oxygen.

Prior to Renegade 83, Austin was director of development at 10×10 Entertainment, worked at CMT in original programming and series development, and held positions in publicity at Lifetime Television, PAX TV and PBS.

Austin’s appointment follows a wave of recent news from AGC, including the September appointment of former Warrior Poets creative executive Rachel Traub as VP of non-fiction content, working across both television and film; Greg Shapiro as president of film, and Michael Rothstein as president of worldwide distribution; and the signing of a multi-year overall deal with former NBCUniversal Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin and his Gaspin Media in November.

Launched in 2018, AGC Studios serves as a platform to develop, produce, finance and globally license feature films, scripted, unscripted and factual television, digital and musical content. Its distribution arm, AGC International, has recently closed deals for several territories for Michael Moore‘s Fahrenheit 9/11 following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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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