Dick Clark Productions International will focus on creating and expanding dcp‘s overseas distribution network while also acquiring, financing and creating new shows. Former dcp exec Mark Rafalowski has been tapped as EVP of the new division and will be based in the company’s Santa Monica headquarters reporting to dcp president Mike Mahan. Current dcp shows The American Music Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest will be distributed by the new unit. Also in that group are two shows dcp is producing for the first time this year: The Billboard Music Awards and The People Magazine Awards. “With the ever-increasing global consumption of TV content and dick clark productions’ strategic growth trajectory, it is a perfect time to join the team under the superior leadership of Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan,” Rafalowski said. “International distribution gives us the ability to develop and grow all areas of the television business from reality and scripted to formats and acquisitions. We look forward to building on our current relationships and actively growing the business internationally.”
Rafalowski was SVP Business Development at dcp in the late 1990s. He then was president of Rive Gauche Television and after that COO at Radical Studios, developing graphic novel IP for feature films and TV exploitation including the Tom Cruise-starrer Oblivion. He was a consultant during the original acquisition of dcp as well as for clients including Radar Pictures, Viacom Networks, Anderson Merchandisers and Artist Direct.
New Year’s Rockin’ Eve had its second-best demo rating in 13 years last month and its third-largest audience to date. The American Music Awards in November averaged 12.9 million viewers, up 30% from last year and its second-largest audience in 11 years. DCP also produces the Golden Globes on NBC and So You Think You Can Dance on Fox, and its joint venture with Keshet is behind ABC’s upcoming signing competition Rising Star.