Gould, Caprio upped at Pilgrim Studios

Johnny Gould (left), previously EVP of development and original programming, has been named chief creative officer, while former EVP of production and current programming Nicholas Caprio (right) has been elevated to chief content officer.
August 26, 2015

North Hollywood-based independent prodco Pilgrim Studios has upped two of its senior execs to C-level status.

Johnny Gould (left), previously executive VP of development and original programming at the Fast ‘n’ Loud prodco, has been promoted to chief creative officer, and former executive VP of production and current programming Nicholas Caprio (right) has been elevated to chief content officer.

Gould will continue to oversee the company’s original production and development as well as international format sales and acquisitions. With Pilgrim since 2003, he has been instrumental in the development of such Pilgrim series as Fast ‘n’ Loud and Street Outlaws for Discovery, Bring It! for Lifetime, Wicked Tuna for National Geographic Channel, Raising Whitley and Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s for OWN, and My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC, as well as FYI’s upcoming Kocktails with Khloe. He also served as executive producer for the OWN docuseries Lindsay and Michael Sam.

Caprio will continue to oversee all matters pertaining to current programming. With the prodco since 2012, he has overseen production on all of its original programming from that point, including several of the series listed above as well as ratings-grabbing specials for Discovery’s ‘Shark Week,’ including Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives and Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine. He also worked on the Lindsay and Michael Sam projects as an executive producer.

“The success of Pilgrim Studios – especially as our business continues to evolve – and the pace and level of growth we’ve experienced these last several years can only be achieved with the commitment of an extraordinarily talented and very hard-working team,” said Pilgrim Studios CEO Craig Piligian in a statement. “Both Johnny Gould and Nicholas Caprio have been instrumental to our success; they are leaders in their own right and I’m extremely proud to give them both their C-level stripes.”

The prodco debuted its latest auto-centric series, Cuban Chrome, in July on Discovery. It was the first U.S. television series to be entirely filmed on location in Cuba.

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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.