TBS/TNT unscripted and specials SVP Michael Bloom is exiting from his post, and forming his own production shingle, Bongo Pictures.
The Los Angeles-based studio has a first look deal with TBS/TNT parent company WarnerMedia Entertainment.
Bloom, who joined the networks in 2016, is credited with relaunching unscripted and non-fiction entertainment for both of the cable nets, with such series as James Corden’s Drop the Mic, Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild and Chasing The Cure with Ann Curry; and the upcoming series The Misery Index featuring The Impractical Jokers and Jameela Jamil, and Shaquille O’Neal’s Shaq Life, airing and developed during his tenure.
“Michael is one of the true industry pros in the non-fiction space and has been pivotal in reshaping our unscripted business,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV, in a statement. “Thankfully he will continue to be a part of our next major unscripted push through this new venture.”
“It’s an exhilarating time to be a producer with all these new frontiers and old rules thrown out the window,” said Bloom in his statement. “I’m inspired to get back to my producing roots and do what I love the most. The support Kevin Reilly, Brett Weitz and Sandra Dewey have shown me for this new venture has blown me away.”
As for that new venture, Bloom says: “I hope to create distinct and significant content that evokes the same feeling as when you hear those drums – that something awesome is about to happen.”
Prior to his time with Turner, Bloom served as senior vice president of IMG’s original content department, and prior to that, as executive development consultant for AMC, where he helped establish its non-fiction department.