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Shaftel launches unscripted prodco

Former ITV Studios America exec Rob Shaftel has launched a US prodco dedicated to creating unscripted original formats for broadcast, cable and digital platforms.

Rob Shaftel

Rob Shaftel

Hit+Run aims to create “high-concept and high-quality character-driven series and original formats,” according to a statement.

The New York-based firm already has projects at various stages with Red Bull Media House, History, NatGeo, Oxygen and Animal Planet.

Shaftel will executive produce all series and has appointed Noah Korn as senior director of development. Korn was formerly ITV Studios America’s director of development in its New York office.

Shaftel was most recently senior VP of development at ITV Studios America, where he created and exec produced Secret Space Escapes (Science Channel), Rebel Gold (Discovery) and Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters (Animal Planet), among other series.

wild_thingsPrior to his time at ITV, he led development for Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Pictures for three years as VP of development. Before joining that company, he held executive positions at Discovery and Spike.

In his role leading development, Korn will be tasked with developing and formatting original, unscripted projects.

While at ITV, Korn developed a yet-to-be-announced Lifetime series as well as a variety of broadcast and cable network projects for Fox, History, MTV, AMC, A&E, TLC, Food and LMN. He also helped establish and oversee ITV Studios’ New York development casting team.

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