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Zodiak USA Rebrands as West Coast Division, Taps Tony Yates as CEO

Zodiak Los Angeles, Zodiak New York to work with each respective coast's cable nets

Zodiak Americas has rebranded Zodiak USA as Zodiak Los Angeles, and tapped Tony Yates as CEO of the new shingle. Yates will report to Jonny Slow, CEO of Zodiak Americas.

Zodiak New York will remain the east coast production base and focus on the east coast-based cable nets, while Zodiak Los Angeles will be the west coast unscripted production hub, managing shows including ABC’s “Secret Millionaire, “Celebrity Wife Swap” and TruTV’s “Killer Karaoke.”

Yates joined Zodiak in 2006 and most recently served as chief operating officer of Zodiak Americas.

“Tony has over two decades of television experience, from syndication to network formats to cable docuseries and everything in between,” said Slow. “His production expertise along with his incredible relationships both within the community and the rest of the Zodiak group make Tony a fantastic choice to lead Zodiak Los Angeles through the next phase of its growth.”

Yates stated that he hopes to branch out beyond reality formats, and into “live events, ramping up our syndication efforts, and engaging in more third party and talent partnerships.”

Yates has also restructured part of the exec team at the newly-branded Zodiak Los Angeles office, tapping David Wollock as senior veep of development.

 

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