Dick Clark Productions Launching International Division

DCP president Michael Mahan

The event TV producer looks abroad for more opportunities, tapping its former business development exec Mark Rafalowski to lead.

Dick Clark Productions is turning its eyes abroad. The event television producer and proprietor announced Thursday that it's launching Dick Clark Productions International -- a new division focused on the creation and expansion of the company's international distribution network.

Leading the efforts, which will include the acquisition, financing and creation of new shows, is DCP veteran Mark Rafalowski in the newly created role of executive vp international. He'll be responsible for growing the division's distribution and content development. Rafalowski will report directly to DCP president Mike Mahan.

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"Mark's track record in both domestic and international distribution makes him the perfect executive to oversee our vision for a full service in-house international division," said Mahan. "He understands the international television landscape and the importance of having the right partners on a global scale to create and grow TV brands worldwide."

The new division and Rafalowski will be based out of the company's Santa Monica headquarters.

"With the ever-increasing global consumption of TV content and Dick Clark Productions' strategic growth trajectory, it is a perfect time to join the team under the superior leadership of [CEO] Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan," said Rafalowski.  "International distribution gives us the ability to develop and grow all areas of the television business from reality and scripted to formats and acquisitions. We look forward to building on our current relationships and actively growing the business internationally."

Rafalowski is no stranger to DCP. He served as senior vp business development in the late 1990s before serving as president of Rive Gauche Television between 2003 and 2009. He also served as COO at Radical Studios, where he developed graphic novel Oblivion for a feature release.

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DCP's international move comes as on the heels of solid ratings growth for two of its biggest properties: the American Music Awards, up 36 percent in 2013 to 12.9 million viewers, and New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which hit a 13-year high of 22.8 million viewers.

Other DCP productions include the Billboard Music Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and the upcoming People Magazine Awards.

Dick Clark Productions and The Hollywood Reporter are both owned by affiliates of Guggenheim Partners.

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