It's Official: Natalka Znak Named CEO of Zodiak USA
Natalka Znak is officially taking the helm at Zodiak USA.
In the new position, Znak will oversee the company’s production offices in both Los Angeles and New York and manage a programming slate that includes ABC’s Secret Millionaire and Celebrity Wife Swap and truTV’s Hardcore Pawn. The news comes three months after Grant Mansfield announced he’d be stepping down to return to his native U.K.
"I plan to expand my creative team both here and in New York and make sure we're always out there with the biggest, the best and the boldest ideas," Znak told The Hollywood Reporter of her near-terms plans in the new creative role, adding: "The holy grail for us is still a big network hit entertainment show that works here and then would sell around the world. That's what everyone wants, but that's what I want more than anything."
Znak joined Zodiak Media as chief creative officer in 2010, responsible for selling and adapting international formats as well as creating originals for the U.S. market. In that time, Zodiak has sold nearly 20 new shows, including History’s Real Deal and truTV’s upcoming Killer Karaoke, hosted by Steve-O. Other expansion efforts as well as new appointments within Zodiak’s growing Americas operations are expected imminently.
"Natalka is a force of nature and an inspiring creative -- she thinks big and isn’t afraid to take a risk. She’s he perfect leader to build on the success we’ve had at Zodiak USA in the last couple of years," added Zodiak Media chief executive David Frank.
Prior to Zodiak, Znak served as controller of factual entertainment for ITV Studios in London, where she was responsible for creating and producing such shows as I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Hell’s Kitchen and Love Island.
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