I hear that Cru has departed the company less than six months after he was promoted to president. He joined the business, which was formerly known as GRB Entertainment in July 2018 after spending 15 years working for Mark Burnett’s production company, most recently as Executive Vice President, International for United Artist Media.
It’s not clear exactly for what Cru will do next, which Gary R. Benz, founder and CEO of GRB, told Deadline that he was leaving for a bigger role.
Benz told Deadline, “When Scott left GRB Studios he told me he was heading to work for a larger company. We appreciate his time here and wish him great luck in his new endeavors. GRB Studios will be attending MIPTV next week with a full sales team, and announcing a new international co-production. We have a robust development slate as well as several sales to announce at the market, in addition to last week’s global distribution news.”
The move means that Benz will now attend next week’s TV confab Mip TV in Cannes, where he will be on the hunt for international funding for a slew of non-scripted titles including Prophecies of the Pyramids and Life Without Trees.
The latter is a project with renowned conservationist Sir Tim Smit, who founded The Eden Project.
GRB’s past credits include shows such as Untold Stories of the ER for TLC, Next Action Star for NBC, Showdown of the Unbeatables for Nat Geo, Growing Up Gotti for A&E and Princes of Malibu for Fox.
At Burnett’s firm, Cru oversaw distribution for shows and formats including The Bible, The Apprentice and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader.