Exec seals prod'n deal for Blackbird

Former ABC and RDF USA exec Greg Goldman is returning to his roots, setting up shop at Renegade 83.

Goldman has sealed an overall production deal for his Blackbird TV shingle at Renegade. The producer began his career there as head of development before moving on to the Alphabet net.

“When he left, it was a big disappointment for us,” said Renegade partner David Garfinkle. He lauded his once and future colleague as “a really smart producer and a ferocious developer. He’s out there and knows what buyers need. And he’s got a great eye for talent and material.”

Goldman said he’s bullish on the reality space. With fewer foreign formats making their way across the pond these days, the timing’s right for homegrown production, he said.

“Everybody feels like the environment is stale, and a lot of what we’ve seen is the same stuff being recycled again and again,” Goldman said. “The resurgence in comedy and drama is forcing reality to get better too.”

Goldman said he originally came to Hollywood as an aspiring sitcom writer but became hooked on Renegade’s syndie dating show hit “Blind Date.” “Late one night I saw one of the first episodes of ‘Blind Date’ and totally freaked out,” he said. “These guys were reinventing TV. There had never been a show like that. I was lucky to then finagle my way into a job.”

After leaving Renegade, Goldman handled shows such as “Wife Swap” and “The Bachelor” at ABC and then helped launch RDF USA, developing shows such as “Shaq’s Big Challenge,” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and “Secret Millionaire.”

This year, he helped launch the TV-centric social networking site PlayPhilo as chief creative officer. He’ll continue to oversee that venture while refocusing his production energy at Renegade.

“These guys have been on fire, selling 14 projects in the past year,” Goldman said.

Renegade’s roster includes Discovery’s “Man, Woman, Wild” and new series “The Assailant” plus special “The Kennedy Detail.” At CBS TV Distribution, Renegade is producing the dating/competition show “Excused.” Company is also in its second season with syndie series “Smash Cuts,” and it has projects set up at Lifetime, G4, Style, Bravo and Sundance.

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