Global entertainment producer/distributor Endemol has opened a new office in Manhattan for its U.S. division, with the aim of focusing on the cable arena. Dave Hamilton, most recently vice president of development & production at VH1 in New York, has been named as VP development for the new office. At VH1, Hamilton was responsible for developing Tool Academy, Scream Queens and What Chilli Wants. His credits also include VH1′s Best Year Ever, Comedy Central’s Insomniac with Dave Attell and the Emmy-nominated series The Awful Truth with Michael Moore. His background includes producing, directing, show-running and comedy writing. The new Manhattan office, which opened last week, will operate in addition to Endemol USA’s New York-based acquired prodcos, True Entertainment and Original Media.
Endemol USA has also announced it’s bolstering its development capacity on the West Coast, with Michael Weinberg coming on board as VP of development in the L.A. office. Weinberg most recently served as co-EP on several programs including NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Fox’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics, NBC’s 1 vs. 100 and Comedy Central’s The Showbiz Show with David Spade. Both Hamilton and Weinberg will report to Caroline Baumgard, Endemol USA’s senior vice president of development, who said of the appointments, ‘Michael Weinberg and Dave Hamilton have incredible experience in both production and development and they will be important players in continuing to help build successful Endemol shows and brands. By having support on both coasts, this will allow us to have an even larger presence.’
In other Endemol USA news, Noah Beery, most recently with MTV, has been hired as VP of production, reporting to SVP Rob Day.