Jodi Flynn to Exit a Restructuring Cineflix Media

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"American Pickers"

The unscripted programming exec is leaving the "American Pickers" producer to start her own production shingle.

TORONTO – Cineflix Media's unscripted division shakeup continues with Los Angeles-based Jodi Flynn getting set to leave the Canadian-based producer to launch her own production shingle.

Flynn, executive vp programming, will leave at the end of November, while still working as a co-executive producer on a number of Cineflix pilots for U.S. networks.

Flynn was a development exec at Screaming Flea Productions before joining Cineflix Media in mid-2012 in a bid to bring global formats to Hollywood.

Cineflix Media has since restructured due to a fall in unscripted commissions by Canadian broadcasters and cost overruns at its newly-launched scripted division, Cineflix Studios.

It's understood Flynn was left with more responsibility due to the restructuring of management teams in Los Angeles and Toronto and less time to work directly developing programming.

In addition, Flynn felt the timing was right to launch her own company, which she long wanted to do.

Montreal-based Cineflix is also unveiling promotions and a search for a new creative director for Canada and the U.S., reporting to Cineflix Media CEO Glen Salzman.

That follows Joanne Virgo leaving the American Pickers producer for rival Proper Television and Cineflix Productions CEO Simon Lloyd and executive vp Joe Houlihan departing to launch their own production shingle.

New York City-based Charles Tremayne goes from executive vp to president of production, overseeing North American unscripted production.

And Cineflix Media has promoted Kim Bondi to executive vp production, reporting to Treymayne, while Sherri Rufh becomes senior vp production and administration and Lynn Van Rooyen becomes senior vp post production.

The company made no mention on Thursday of the future of Lisa Levenson, executive vp programming, in Cineflex's Los Angeles office.

And Cineflix Media remains tightlipped about its scripted division, which is headed up by Peter Smith and Christina Wayne.

Cineflix still retains a strong unscripted slate, having received green lights for a number of new shows, including pilots for TLC, A&E and BIO.

The company has also received recommissions for Food Factory on Food Network Canada, American Pickers on History and Murder in Paradise and Karma's A B*tch! for Investigation Discovery.

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