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Former HGTV exec, showrunner launch BSTV Entertainment

Beth Burke, formerly an exec at Food Network and HGTV in the U.S., and Blake Swerdloff, most recently a showrunner on HGTV's The High Low Project, have launched a lifestyle prodco.
November 6, 2012

Beth Burke, formerly an exec at Food Network and HGTV in the U.S., and Blake Swerdloff, most recently a showrunner on HGTV’s The High Low Project, have launched a lifestyle development and production company called BSTV Entertainment.

The aim of the company is to develop and produce programs around top-level on-air talent, and BSTV has already started with Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes for the Food Network, which premiered on October 14; and Quest for the Fresh, a two-part special that aired in early October on the Cooking Channel, hosted by Claire Robinson.

BSTV Entertainment has also developed and sold projects to OWN, Disney Interactive Media Group, Food Network, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, HGTV and Electus’ YouTube channel, “Hungry.”

Beth Burke, the co-owner and executive producer of BSTV, was a programming executive at the Food Network, Cooking Channel and HGTV. While at the Food Network, she oversaw series including Barefoot Contessa, Semi Homemade with Sandra Lee and Paula’s Best Dishes. At HGTV, Burke launched House Hunters International and numerous design shows. She has also produced for VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, HBO, FX and the Travel Channel.

Blake Swerdloff, who shares the title of co-owner and executive producer of BSTV, has created and sold a number of series and specials to HGTV and OWN. He has also worked at VH1 in the series and specials department and has produced shows for E! Entertainment, Court TV, BET, A&E, MSNBC and the Discovery Channel.

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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