New development exec at Cream

Former Pilgrim Films & Television exec Amy Manchester Borg joins the Toronto-based prodco as co-director of development.
August 26, 2010

Toronto-based Cream Productions has hired former Pilgrim Films & Television director of development Amy Manchester Borg as co-director of development.

Stepping in for co-director of development Yasmine Abbasakoor, currently on maternity leave, Manchester Borg will report to Cream co-founders Christopher Rowler and David Brady, as well as work with co-director Jenn Kuzmyk Ruch, to help expand Cream’s U.S. broadcast client roster and create and develop new factual and reality content. Cream has recently produced Aftermath, I Could Do That and Breakout, among other titles.

At Pilgrim, Manchester Borg was part of the team behind such hits as American Chopper, American Hot Rod, Ghost Hunters and Dirty Jobs. She also worked as director of development at Asylum Entertainment, and as a reality programming coordinator at Lifetime.

‘Cream’s development team has an aggressive mandate to ramp up its output with more returnable factual entertainment and lifestyle series, new digital media projects and a push into the international formats business,’ said Cream’s Brady. ‘Amy’s solid experience and enthusiasm, coupled with her expertise in the US market will be key in taking Cream’s development strategy to the next level.’

‘I look forward to working with such a talented team to build new, strong television brands with popular, ongoing appeal,’ added Manchester Borg.

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