Zodiak Americas has formed a partnership with Cleve Keller and Dave Noll of Keller/Noll, the format creators behind such shows as HGTV’s Beat The House and TLC’s The One That Got Away. The duo, who will relocate to New York, will concentrate on creating new unscripted formats for Zodiak to co-produce stateside and distribute abroad through Zodiak Rights. The deal will fund specific development resources for Keller/Noll and provide them access to Zodiak’s local teams in more than 20 countries. In addition, Zodiak Americas has promoted Mike Gamson from Chief Creative Officer to CEO of Zodiak New York. Keller/Noll will work closely with Gamson going forward.
Recently, Keller and Noll respectively served as the Chief Development Officer and Chief Creative Officer for Ardaban, a subsidiary of Shine America, where they created Beat The House and The One That Got Away. The duo have sold formats to global partners including BBC America, Bravo, Comedy Central, and Discovery with credits that include Chopped, Chopped Champions, Chopped All-Stars, Winsanity!, Lovesong, You vs. Momentum, Your Momma Don’t Dance, Cover Shot, Rocco’s Dinner Party and No Kitchen Required.
Said Jonny Slow, CEO of Zodiak Americas: “We are delighted to be building the next phase of Zodiak New York with Cleve and Dave onboard and to be announcing Mike as CEO of our production business on the east coast. We are very excited about the possibilities in the years ahead for Zodiak’s unscripted business in the U.S., which now incorporates five development teams built over the last 18 months in New York and Los Angeles.”