Ryan Seacrest Prods.’ new president Eugene Young has made his first senior executive hire since joining the company two months ago. 51 Minds’ Rabih Gholam has been tapped as EVP, Unscripted Programming. Gholam will report to Young, working alongside EVP, Current Unscripted Programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft, EVP, Production Robert Norris Catto and SVP of Development Matt Sims. As EVP of alternative programming of Endemol-owned 51 Minds, Gholam recently produced Whodunnit? for ABC, Same Name for CBS and Somebody Has to Go for Fox. He started off in late-night TV before migrating to reality. Gholam is the second executive from 51 Minds to depart after the executive restructuring following the company CEO Cris Abrego’s appointment as co-chairman and co-CEO of parent Endemol North America that saw Christian Sarabia elevated to president of 51 Minds. VP Dave Caplan recently inked a deal with Lionsgate TV.
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