Piligian heads Lionsgate Alternative Television
January 9, 2024
Lionsgate has announced its Lionsgate Alternative Television, a division that combines its majority owned unscripted television producer, Pilgrim Media Group, with eOne’s non-scripted groups – Blackfin, Renegade and Daisybeck Studios.
The division will be led by Craig Piligian, who will serve as Managing Director. The market-facing labels of each company will remain intact, with most of the production, post-production and backroom operations integrating to work as one.
“The launch of Lionsgate Alternative Television marks another key milestone in the expansion of our global television footprint,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Beggs. “As a major force in the non-scripted programming world, Craig is the perfect executive to take our unscripted operations to the next level.”
“I am thrilled to announce Lionsgate Alternative Television’s extraordinary management team, comprised of the most influential non-scripted producers working in our industry today,” added Piligian. “In addition, our top-tier creative leadership team will supercharge our business, as Lionsgate becomes one of the largest independent unscripted production companies in the world.”
Reporting into Piligian, and forming the new unit’s management team are Pilgrim Media Group’s President & Chief Operating Officer Gretchen Stockdale and Chief Current Officer & General Manager Nicholas Caprio and Renegade’s heads, David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe, who will serve as senior executives.
Among the unscripted franchises under the umbrella of the new division are Naked and Afraid, Street Outlaws, Wicked Tuna, The Yorkshire Vet, Ex on the Beach, Selling Sunset and more