Gil Goldschein, a 20-year veteran at Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) and CEO of the Real World prodco since 2015, is stepping down from the role and leaving the company.
The executive first came to BMP to start its legal and business affairs department, and over his 20-year run at the company, served as executive producer on several of its top franchises such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Total Divas, Total Bellas and BMP’s version of Project Runway for Lifetime, as well as nurturing the continued success of such iconic unscripted series as The Real World and its spin-off, The Challenge.
As president of the company, in 2010 he spearheaded its sale to Paris-headquartered superindie Banijay Group, and has represented the company internationally over the past decade. Over his two decades with the prodco, output grew from having five series on air at any given time to more than 30.
Goldschein was upped to CEO in April of 2015, when company co-founder Jon Murray stepped down from the chairman position to move away from company management and back into producing.
Beyond broadening the company’s structure with targeted divisions such as BMP Digital, BMP Kids, BMP Latin, BMP Films and Yellowbird US for scripted television, he also broadened its client list, from cable buyers to broadcast nets and streaming platforms. He also negotiated global co-development and production deals with companies in the UK, Scandinavia, Israel, South Korea and Canada.
He will remain with the company until February 15, 2021 to ensure a smooth transition.
“I want to thank Jon Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim for trusting in me and allowing me to partner with them in finding creative solutions for them in the early days,” said Goldschein in a statement. “I want to thank Jon for continuing to believe in me in asking me to run the company back in 2007. I also want to thank Stéphane Courbit for bringing BMP under the international umbrella of Banijay and to Marco Bassetti for his ongoing international collaboration.
“At heart, I am an entrepreneur with a passion for taking on new challenges, which is why I feel the time is right to leave what has been my home for so long,” he added. “I believe the future of our industry will continue to exist at the intersection of technology and entertainment, which is where I believe my future will be as well.”
“Gil has long led a successful operation for us in BMP. A valuable leader and partner, he has been at the forefront of some of our most prominent brands in the US,” said Banijay Group CEO Marco Bassetti. “Forging relationships across borders, he has brought a host of innovative IP to the table from around the world, while continuing to grow the business and its offering, and we wish him all the best with whatever comes next.”