Former Endemol Shine Studios Senior Development Executive to Helm Day-to-Day Operations at Joint Venture between ITV Studios America and Circle of Confusion
Los Angeles, CA June 7, 2017 – Russ Buchholz, the Senior Vice President in charge of development at Endemol Shine Studios, has been tapped for the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Head of Creative Affairs, Circle of Confusion Television Studios.
In his role, which is effective immediately, Buchholz will run the Los Angeles-based day-to-day operations of the company that will source, develop and produce premium scripted programming, with support from ITV Studios America. Circle of Confusion Television Studios is expected to draw from its vast library of intellectual property, as well as on its strong relationships with creative talent both inside and outside their walls.
Circle of Confusion partners David Alpert, David Engel, Frank Frattaroli, Lawrence Mattis and Brad Mendelsohn, and ITV Studios America President Philippe Maigret made the announcement today and issued a joint statement saying: “Russ has tremendous experience and shares our excitement for building a preeminent scripted television label. He will be an incredible asset as the joint venture expands its slate of premium groundbreaking shows.”
Buchholz commented: “Circle of Confusion is home to fearless writers, directors, actors and a close-knit team of exceptional executives who have built a strong foundation in both talent management and developing hit content that is fresh, diverse and relevant. Their exciting library of intellectual property and direct access to talent is exactly what is needed to create quality, distinctive shows that cut through the clutter. This, along with ITV Studios’ global distribution footprint and deep financial resources, positions Circle of Confusion Television Studios as a desired home for storytellers.”
Before running Circle of Confusion Television Studios, Buchholz served as Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs for Endemol Shine Studios (“Kingdom” for AT&T AUDIENCE, “I’m Dying Up Here” for Showtime). During his tenure, Buchholz helped build the start-up scripted studio into a leading independent player, selling over 50+ projects over 5 years as the primary executive responsible for driving the development pipeline of series for cable, streaming, and broadcast networks in the U.S. market. For the studio, he was instrumental in setting up projects with A&E, ABC, Amazon, AMC, AT&T Audience Network, Bravo, Cinemax, Fox, Freeform, HBO, MTV, NBC, Showtime, Spike, Sundance Channel, TNT, USA and WGN. He also led the group’s effort to secure intellectual property, aggressively sourcing third-party formats, books, plays, articles, life rights, graphic novels, independent films, video games, etc. to be adapted into television series.
About Circle of Confusion:
Management and production company Circle of Confusion is executive producer of The Walking Dead and its companion hitFear the Walking Dead as well as Cinemax’sOutcast and BBC America’sDirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.On the film side, the firm served as executive producer onStraight Outta Compton, recently producedMr. Rightstarring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, and is in preproduction onNessat Paramount with Paul Greengrass directing.
About ITV Studios America:
ITV Studios America is ITV Studios’ LA-based U.S. independent scripted television operation. The studio develops and produces scripted programming, based on original ideas or established IPs, for global exploitation across all platforms. The studio has a growing portfolio of projects in development with multiple broadcast and cable networks, and OTT services, developed internally, through its partnership in Circle of Confusion Television Studios and through its PODs: Assembly Entertainment, Flame Ventures, Little Engine and 42.ITV’s scripted TV production output in North America currently includes “Snowpiercer” from Tomorrow Studios (pilot for TNT), “Somewhere Between” (first season for ABC), and “Good Witch” (third season for Hallmark Channel).
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