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Bunim/Murray Productions ups development, programming execs

Julie Pizzi, the recently appointed president of Bunim/Murray Productions, has promoted three senior executives on her team at the Banijay-owned studio, including Rupert Dobson to EVP, development and Farnaz Farjam to ...
April 8, 2021

Julie Pizzi, the recently appointed president of Bunim/Murray Productions, has promoted three senior executives on her team at the Banijay-owned studio, including Rupert Dobson to EVP, development and Farnaz Farjam to EVP, current programming.

Pizzi additionally tapped John Greco, formerly EVP of production, as chief operating officer of the unscripted giant behind such series as The Real WorldRoad Rules, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and The Challenge.

Dobson (pictured right), formerly SVP of development, will oversee all of the studio’s development efforts, including original entertainment formats for broadcast, cable and premium streaming platforms.

Previously SVP of entertainment and development, Farjam (left) will now lead the studio’s current programming efforts. Farjam currently oversees such series as Sway Life and the final season of Keeping Up with Kardashians.

While at BMP, Dobson developed physical game Cash Back with CJENM, as well as upcoming projects with CBS, FOX and Universal Television Alternative Studios.

Prior to joining the prodco, Dobson served as head of development at A. Smith & Co, where he spearheaded the creation of the Titan Games for NBC and Mental Samurai for Fox, among others.

He previously served as VP of programming and development at Base Productions, where he developed and produced series such as Fact or Faked, Haunted Highway, Legend Quest, Deep South Paranormal, Stuntbusters and Human Wrecking Balls.

Dobson began his career in the UK, producing a range of shows for Twofour Broadcast.

Farjam, meanwhile, formerly developed new celeb-reality series and oversaw creative and logistical needs for many of BMP’s current projects.

​She also previously served as showrunner for Keeping Up with the Kardashians from the series start in 2007 and all of its spin-offs. Farnaz originally joined BMP in 2003 as a producer .

In her capacity as VP of Entertainment, Farjam also oversaw E!’s Total Divas and its spinoff Total Bellas, USA’s Miz & Mrs., Snapchat’s Endless and Facebook’s Ball in the Family. She also was the executive producer/showrunner on Mariah’s World for E!.

Finally, since joining BMP in 2008, Greco has overseen hundreds of hours of programming including several seasons of MTV franchises The Real World and The Challenge, and most recently, The Real World Homecoming: New York for Paramount+.

In addition to supervising all aspects of production including pre-production, production, and post-production, Greco will also oversee human resources and facilities, while continuing to implement systems & policies, develop cost-efficient production solutions, and maintain relationships with network partners.

“Bunim-Murray has always housed incredible producer talent and we wanted to elevate people from within our team that have contributed immeasurably to our success,” said Pizzi. “Rupert is a creative force of nature and Farnaz is a gifted story-teller—together they will oversee our creative team and shepherd our projects from development through delivery. And John Greco has helmed our production management team for over a decade and has the experience and expertise to excel in this new role.”

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