LOS ANGELES – February 11, 2016 – Studio71, the multichannel network of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, today announced the company has hired Rabih Gholam as President of Unscripted Television, a newly created position. Gholam most recently served as EVP, Head of Unscripted Programming at Ryan Seacrest Productions. In his new role, Gholam will continue to build Studio71’s television business and develop television opportunities and intellectual property for its top YouTube and social media influencers. He will report to Studio71 board member Michael Green.
“We produced, distributed and marketed intellectual property off YouTube before anyone else with Fred on Nickelodeon, Video Game High School on Netflix and Epic Meal Time’s Epic Meal Empire on FYI Network,” said Green. “Continuing to develop and produce original premium content is our top focus, and Rabih brings years of experience and relationships in unscripted television to Studio71, so we can maximize opportunities for our creators across every possible platform. We want to create hits, and he’ll help us do so.”
“More than ever before, we are seeing a clear merger between digital and traditional linear television,” said Gholam. “Studio71 represents many of the top influencers in the digital space across YouTube, Vine, Instagram and Snapchat. To me, it’s one big casting call, and I’ve been charged with developing the right projects and formats for them, whether those projects live on TV or one of today’s many digital platforms”
An original voice in reality television, Gholam has been a part of memorable, provocative and popular programming, including The Surreal Life, The Mole and Whose Line Is It Anyway? Most recently at Ryan Seacrest Productions, Gholam helped build a robust, diverse development slate, including two shows that went straight to series, including Becoming Us at ABC Family (now Freeform) and I Love Kellie Pickler at CMT. Prior to RSP, Gholam served as EVP of Alternative Programming at 51 Minds, the Endemol-based production banner, where he helped the company go from producing for a single cable network to an industry powerhouse responsible for hundreds of hours of television, including Whodunnit? (ABC), Same Name (CBS) and Somebody Has to Go (FOX).
Before 51 Minds, Gholam was an Executive Producer at MTV, and helped launch the pop culture classic The Hills. Gholam also spent time in late night television working as a producer on Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, (not Ferguson) and Talk Show with Spike Feresten.
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Studio71 is the multichannel network of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group. It is headquartered in Berlin and Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto, London and Vienna. In German-speaking countries, Studio71 is the leading multichannel network that concentrates the broadcasting group’s range of Web-only content and its distribution through in-house platforms like MyVideo and through third-party platforms. In the U.S., Studio71 develops, produces and distributes original entertainment programming and manages one of the leading multichannel networks with over 1200 channels. Germany’s leading moving-image marketer is responsible for ad marketing with SevenOne Media.
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