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MGM expands, rebrands unscripted group with Barry Poznick at the helm

Barry Poznick will lead MGM and Orion Unscripted and Alternative Television in the role of president as the studio re-brands and expands its unscripted group under the veteran executive’s leadership. Poznick will continue to ...
September 24, 2019

Barry Poznick will lead MGM and Orion Unscripted and Alternative Television in the role of president as the studio re-brands and expands its unscripted group under the veteran executive’s leadership.

Poznick will continue to oversee MGM’s slate of unscripted programming, with the added oversight of sports entertainment, premium documentaries, true crime, podcasts, children’s programming and cost-effective scripted. He will also be responsible for digital content.

“MGM Unscripted Television had an epic second & third quarter, with a record-breaking 18 series rating number one, and I’m eager to capitalize on this momentum by bringing our production model to other genres,” Poznick said in a statement. “The goal is to meet viewers where they are watching, with a wide-range of content at reasonable price-points.”

Since joining the global producer-distributor in 2016, Poznick (pictured) has overseen the creative and development of MGM Television’s unscripted content, including The Voice on NBC; Survivor on CBS; Shark Tank on ABC; Beat Shazam on Fox; The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo; Live PD on A&E; Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with host John Cena on Nickelodeon; as well as syndicated programs Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, Couple’s Court with the Cutlers and Personal Injury Court.

A 25-year veteran in the unscripted space and a leading producer in the industry, Poznick first partnered with MGM Worldwide Television Group chairman Mark Burnett in 2006 for the original, Emmy-nominated series Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on Fox.

Prior to that, Poznick founded ZOO Productions in 1994, which he and his business partner, John Stevens, sold to All3Media in 2008.

“I’ve worked very closely with Barry Poznick for over 14 years,” said MGM Worldwide Television Group chairman Mark Burnett via a statement. “He is an extremely capable and well-liked television expert who has consistently delivered number one rated programs, series renewals and profits for the MGM Television group, making it one of the most successful growth divisions for the studio. His expanded responsibilities and promotion will continue that growth through creation, diversification and acquisition.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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