Thursday, January 31, 2019

Nickelodeon Names Rob Bagshaw as EVP of Unscripted Content

Nickelodeon has named veteran reality TV producer Rob Bagshaw as its Executive Vice President (EVP) of Unscripted Content.

In the newly created role, Bagshaw will lead development and production of unscripted content across all formats and platforms for Nickelodeon ranging from reality competition shows to live events like Kids’ Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice Sports. The new role is effective immediately. He will be based in Burbank, Calif., and report to Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins.

“Unscripted series are continually the most popular shows in every demo, and Rob has a proven talent for creating a wide range of hits,” said Robbins in a statement. “I’m excited to have him join our team, where he can use his experience and skills to create the next wave of fun, must-watch shows for our kids and family audience.”

Bagshaw brings over 20 years of unscripted television experience to Nickelodeon having produced and launched many groundbreaking shows throughout his career. He was most recently executive producer of upcoming YouTube series If I Could Tell You Just One Thing and E!’s The Funny Dance Show. He has previously served as Senior Vice President (SVP) and head of Bunim/Murray Production’s New York office, executive producer of current programming and development for BBC Worldwide Productions, and head of international programming for UK production company Mentorn Media. He has worked on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Project Runway All Stars, Top Chef Masters and Paradise Hotel, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, and British talk shows This Morning and The Big Breakfast, among other unscripted shows.

“I am thrilled to join Brian and the Nickelodeon family to create an exciting slate of unscripted content,” said Bagshaw in a statement. “This is the perfect time to build on the network’s extraordinary legacy and bring audiences together with a new portfolio of awesome, co-viewing entertainment.”

It is the latest executive move for the Viacom network, which has been revamping its programming team under new president Brian Robbins. In the months since taking the helm of the kids network, Robbins has tapped Disney alum Paul DeBenedittis to oversee programming strategy and Ramsey Naito and Shauna Phelan to lead animation and scripted live action, respectively. Most recently, Paula Kaplan, the EVP of Talent and Development at Viacom Digital Studios (VDS) was named Executive Vice President of Talent and Development for Viacom Digital Studios and EVP of Talent for Nickelodeon.

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Sources: Variety, Broadcasting & Cable, TheWrap, Deadline; Additional source: Realscreen.
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