Zodiak Americas is rebranding Zodiak USA as Zodiak Los Angeles. Zodiak Americas COO Tony Yates has been appointed CEO of the new entity, which will serve as Zodiak’s west coast non-scripted production base managing a programming slate that includes Secret Millionaire (ABC), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC) and Killer Karaoke (truTV). He will report to Jonny Slow, CEO of Zodiak Americas. Yates succeeds Natalka Znak who left the company in April. As part of the restructuring, Yates has appointed David Wollock as SVP of Development. Current production at Zodiak Los Angeles will continue to be led by SVP Dave Shikiar and casting by SVP Sunny Agans. All will report to Yates. Zodiak New York will remain as the division’s east coast production base, focusing on character driven docu-series for east coast cable networks, and will continue to be led by Chief Creative Officer Mike Gamson and Chief Operating Officer Sheila Cabano. Both report to Slow.
Since joining Zodiak in 2006, Yates has executive produced 160 episodes of the syndicated version of Don’t Forget The Lyrics for 20th Television, VH1 and My NetworkTV and has served as point executive on shows such as Don’t Forget The Lyrics (FOX), Secret Millionaire (FOX) and How To Look Good Naked (Lifetime). Prior to Zodiak, he produced several reality shows including Super Nanny (ABC), Mad Mad House (Sy-Fy), Project Greenlight (HBO) and over 1600 episodes of Hard Copy. “Tony’s production expertise along with his incredible relationships both within the community and the rest of the Zodiak group make Tony a fantastic choice to lead Zodiak Los Angeles through the next phase of its growth,” Slow said. Wollock previously served as VP of Development at Zodiak’s Creativity & Innovation Unit in Los Angeles. He has helped create such shows as Dale Con Ganas (Univision), My Cat From Hell (Animal Planet), The Next (CW) and Out Of Bounds (AOL).