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Seacrest’s Production Firm Adds Execs, Maps Ambitious Plans

Aug 21, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Ryan Seacrest’s production company has added a number of key programming executives to its ranks, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as the company continues to make progress on its ambitious plans.

Ryan Seacrest Productions added Nina Wass as executive VP of scripted programming, Joseph Ferraro as VP of development — focused mainly on unscripted programming — and Heather Schuster as senior VP of development, the report notes.

“Our goal at RSP is to also have a balanced slate of reality and scripted shows across major broadcast and cable networks,” Seacrest said.

The story reports: “Additionally, the company has forged overall deals with veteran Original Productions producer-editor Eric Lange and actor-producer brothers Dan and Ben Newmark, who were previously in an overall deal with FremantleMedia.

“The growth spurt comes in the wake of a move in January by Thomas H. Lee (THL) and Bain Capital to make investments driven by Seacrest and his company worth up to $300 million to pursue new opportunities.”

The company also received a separate minority investment from Clear Channel, RSP CEO Adam Sher told THR. "We had an infusion of capital from Clear Channel into the production company, and we’ve set our sights on working with our various partners to seize on some exciting new opportunities in the entertainment landscape," said Sher. "We’re investing in talent across the company to help us achieve this goal."

The story reports: “Wass will be tasked with building out RSP’s scripted projects, which already include a romantic comedy movie project with Reese Witherspoon’s Type-A Films and Universal. Wass currently is developing comedy and drama projects for Lifetime, TV Land and Showtime.”

Ferraro was recently a programming VP at OWN while Schuster was senior VP of creative affairs at Reveille/Shine.

The report notes: “Additionally, Gordon Cassidy, who has been consulting for RSP, officially joins the company as VP current programming. And Noah Oppenheim, formerly head of unscripted and digital development at Reveille and a senior producer on NBC’s Today, has signed on as a consultant to development unscripted and scripted shows.”

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