Zodiak Media’s US arm has confirmed Natalka Znak as its new chief executive following Grant Mansfield’s departure earlier this year.
Znak – who joined Zodiak USA as chief creative officer – had taken on the CEO role in an acting capacity in March after Brit Mansfield announced he was returning to the UK after two years in the states.
Znak is now permanently in charge of overseeing production of formats such as Secret Millionaire, Celebrity Wife Swap and Hardcore Pawn, based out of Zodiak’s New York office. Zodiak USA has sold nearly 20 shows since she joined from ITV Studios in 2010.
Executive VP of current production Claire O’Donohoe, senior VP of development Tim Sullivan and East Coast production chief Mike Gamson all now report to her.
“Natalka is a force of nature and an inspiring creative; she thinks big and isn’t afraid to take a risk,” said Zodiak’s CEO David Frank. “She’s the perfect leader to build on the success we’ve had at Zodiak USA in the last couple of years.”
“My immediate plan is to expand the creative teams in both Los Angeles and New York, and my ongoing objective remains the same: create the best original ideas and adapt the most successful Zodiak Media formats for the American marketplace,” added Znak.
Mansfield returns to London this month.