Banijay-owned production house Bunim/Murray has finalized its senior team and promoted several executives, including elevating Emmy-winning producer Erica Ross to senior vice president of development. The moves were announced by new president Julie Pizzi.
Ross (pictured) has 20 years of experience in the industry, beginning her unscripted career with Bunim/Murray in 2001, developing and producing many of the studio’s top series including The Real World Homecoming: New York for Paramount+, Family or Fiancé and Iyanla: Fix My Life for OWN and more recently Born For Business on Peacock. Ross was also supervising producer on several seasons of Road Rules and The Challenge for MTV.
In between her time at BMP, Ross worked at Magical Elves, where she worked on Bravo’s Top Chef for 11 seasons. She also served as a producer and showrunner for other prodcos like PB&J Television, 51 Minds and Fullscreen. Ross is an Emmy Award winner and a seven-time Emmy-nominated producer for Top Chef.
Bunim/Murray also promoted Dani Wassel, who was named executive vice president, business & legal affairs; Steve Ezell, who was has rejoined the company as vice president, current programming; Jacob Lane who was named vice president, post creative; Michael Driscoll who was named director of development; and Luc Tousignaut and Jake D’Onofrio have both been named director of creative development.
“We have incredible talent at BMP and we endeavor to keep the momentum of our success by promoting individuals who have been responsible for creating, developing, producing and editing signature series for our label,” said Pizzi in a release.
Bunim/Murray Productions, founded in 1987, has developed and produced hit unscripted series like The Real World, Road Rules, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Challenge. More recently Paramount+ premiered The Real World Homecoming: New York and The Challenge: All Stars, while Peacock just debuted Born For Business. The studio is also behind Facebook’s new series, Sway Life and House of Creators.