RDF's Goldman hatches Blackbird

Exec exits company to become and indie producer

Greg Goldman has exited his post as RDF USA executive vp development and current to become an independent producer.

He is launching a production company, Blackbird Television, inking an exclusive one-year first-look deal with RDF USA.

At RDF, which has a fluid executive structure, Goldman was a member of the senior programming team alongside Mike Duffy, Lauren Gellert, Claire O'Donohoe and Jennifer Danska, all of whom will continue to oversee the company's slate under CEO Chris Coelen.

Since joining RDF in 2006, Goldman helped develop, sell and exec produce such series as "Don't Forget the Lyrics" at Fox, "Hitched or Ditched" at the CW, "Shaq's Big Challenge" at ABC and "The Two Coreys" at A&E.

Before joining RDF, he was executive director of alternative series and specials at ABC.

Goldman was at the center of a 2008 lawsuit filed by a couple of reality producers against RDF over "Coreys," which reportedly has been settled. The producers claimed they had a deal with Corey Haim and pitched the show with him and Corey Feldman to then-ABC exec Goldman, who passed but then spearheaded RDF's signing the duo for a series, which was sold to A&E.