CHRIS COWAN JOINS BERMANBRAUN TO LEAD UNSCRIPTED TELEVISION AND DIGITAL VIDEO
Santa Monica, Calif. (May 22, 2012) - Chris Cowan has joined independent multi-media company BermanBraun to lead Unscripted Television and oversee all video development and production in its digital unit, including the building of an in house video studio to supply BermanBraun's three you tube channels and multiple premium website brands.
Mr. Cowan, who is a former principal of Rocket Science Laboratories and Angel City Factory, has had a longtime friendship and business relationship with both Ms. Berman and Mr. Braun.
"Chris is one of the best story tellers and producers we have ever worked with", said Ms Berman and Mr. Braun". "We are thrilled to have Chris join our company as the leader for all of our company's unscripted content, regardless of the platform for which it is initially created".
Cowan has produced hundreds of hours of unscripted network and cable television including hits like TEMPTATION ISLAND, JOE MILLIONAIRE, MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS FIANCé and his most recent series, MOBBED, a grand-scale hidden camera dance spectacle, produced in partnership Howie Mandel. Now, Mr. Cowan plans to bring his flair for big formats and provocative style to BermanBraun.
"After nearly twenty years of running my own company, it was going to take a pretty unique opportunity for me to join someone else's team and this was it," said Mr. Cowan. "The company that Gail and Lloyd have built occupies one of the most forward thinking positions in the content business today. And they're loaded with talent. To work with creative executives like Gene Stein, Jared Heinke, Paco Vinoly and Mike Weetman, who have been leading BermanBraun's charge in both traditional television and new media platforms, is an amazing proposition."
BermanBraun is an independent media company with three divisions - television, feature film and digital - which create and exploit entertainment content and advertising solutions across all platforms throughout the world. The Santa Monica, CA based company, founded by principals Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun in 2007, has established strategic global alliances with a number of media companies throughout the industry, including NBC Universal Television and Microsoft.
BermanBraun's digital division has created and operates some of the most popular properties online. They include the celebrity news site WONDERWALL, which BermanBraun launched in partnership with Microsoft in February 2009. The site is the primary celebrity destination on the MSN network, and currently ranks first in engagement among all competitive sites in entertainment news. The site has averaged over 17 million unique users over the last 3 months. WONDERWALL has averaged over a billion page views per month for the period December 2011 thru February 2012.
In April 2010, BermanBraun launched GLO -- a site created in partnership with MSN and Hearst. GLO features an innovative design that creates a unique "digital magazine" experience for women seeking style, beauty and lifestyle content. GLO averages over 5 million monthly uniques and currently ranks first in engagement among competitive sites in its fashion/beauty category. BermanBraun recently launched the sites MANDATORY and PAWNATION with AOL (and will soon launch a third site in the weather category). BermanBraun also created and operates the sites WONDERWALL LATINO and POWERWALL.
BermanBraun recently acquired Whiskey Media, CNET Founder Shelby Bonnie's media and technology company based in San Francisco that has created a next generation publishing, data and social tools platform. BermanBraun recently launched its first site built on the Whiskey platform - TESTED WITH JAMIE AND ADAM. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are the stars of the hit television show MYTHBUSTERS on Discovery Channel, and have a strategic alliance with BermanBraun to create television and digital content and brands.
In television, BermanBraun is producing the new series INFAMOUS (midseason on NBC), the series ALPHAS (currently airing on SyFy); UNCHAINED REACTION (currently airing on Discovery Channel); JUNK GYPSIES (currently airing on HGTV); POLYAMORY (to air in 2012 on Showtime) and two additional new series to be produced with MythBusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage for Discovery Channel. BermanBraun is also producing the pilot REWIND for SyFy.
For further information on BermanBraun please go to bermanbraun.com.