NBCU hires Go Go Luckey co-founder, renames unscripted studios

Go Go Luckey founder Gary Auerbach (pictured) has been tapped to serve as exec VP of development and programming for NBCUniversal's unscripted studios, which are to be rebranded as Wilshire Studios.
April 29, 2013

Go Go Luckey founder and partner Gary Auerbach (pictured) has been tapped to serve as exec VP of development and programming for NBCUniversal’s unscripted studios, which are to be rebranded as Wilshire Studios.

Auerbach will take up his role at what was formerly Comcast Entertainment Studios on May 1, and will oversee all development and the production of current series, including The Soup, Fashion Police, Giuliana and Bill and True Hollywood Story.

He will report to Wilshire Studios president Steve Dolcemaschio. At Go Go Luckey, Auerbach oversaw the production company’s output, including Paranormal State, Ghost Lab, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and Decoded.

“Working together with Steve to lead this dynamic unscripted studio is an incredible opportunity,” said Auerbach. “After 15 years running independent companies, it will be exciting to see the view from the other side, and I look forward to working with many of the fantastic creative partners that I’ve collaborated with throughout my career.”

“As we continue to expand the studio’s footprint across the television landscape, Gary is the perfect person to propel us to the next level with top-notch programming across a myriad of genres,” said Dolcemaschio.

In preparation for Auerbach’s absence at Go Go Luckey, the prodco has named new partners and added to its senior management team.

Chief operating officer Henry Capanna has been promoted to CEO, while Tina Gazzerro Clapp, formerly the head of production, has been promoted to president of reality. Go Go Luckey’s co-founder Julie Auerbach has taken up the role of chief content officer. In addition, Go Go Luckey has named David Franzke as chief operating officer, and Richard P. Ryba as chief financial officer.

“Henry, Tina and I are like family, so it makes me incredibly happy to formalize our shared commitment to making great television as partners in the new Go Go Luckey,” said Julie Auerbach.  “Gary’s next chapter is a wonderful opportunity for him, and it has invigorated us to take Go Go Luckey to the next level, including setting an aggressive course for expansion into scripted and other areas.”

Capanna added: “David and Richard are incredibly talented individuals. We have had the pleasure of working with them on many shows over Go Go Luckey’s 11 years and are thrilled for them to join our team.”

Go Go Luckey also recently promoted Bill Castonzo to vice president of development, and Olivia de Courson to director of development.


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.