Straight to the Bank for MBP


Roy Bank, former head of development, production and corporate operations at Mark Burnett Prods., has joined Merv Griffin Entertainment in the newly created position of president of television.

Bank recently exited MBP, which he joined after working in development at Reveille, where he first worked alongside Burnett on NBC's "The Restaurant." Bank continued working with Burnett on several shows, including NBC's "The Apprentice" and CBS' "Rock Star: INXS," before joining MBP full time in 2005.

Bank, one of The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Class of 2006, most recently co-created and was executive producer alongside Burnett on NBC's upcoming game show "Amnesia."

"Merv (who died last year) left us with an entrepreneurial model and a mandate to move ahead with our core business, which is television," Griffin Group heads Rob Pritchard and Ron Ward said. "No one could fit our expectations in this area better than Roy."

Added Bank: "I was drawn to MGE, not only by the tradition that comes with Merv Griffin's incredible legacy, but also by the unique opportunity to implement my own vision with the backing of Merv's hand-picked team."

MGE is developing a new slate of original programming; its syndicated game show "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" was renewed for a second season last month.