×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Spelling tips delevopment to Bendavid

Former Lifetime exec now senior veep

Rachel Bendavid has been upped to senior VP of series development for Spelling Television.

In her new post, Bendavid — who had been VP — will head up development of both comedy and drama projects for the Viacom-based company. She replaces Ted Gold, who earlier this summer ankled the post to run drama development at Fox Broadcasting.

Since arriving at Spelling in 2002 from Lifetime, Bendavid has helped develop skeins such as the WB’s “Summerland” and “Clubhouse” for CBS.

“She has great taste in material and wonderful relationships with talent,” added Jonathan Levin, prexy of Spelling TV. “She has made major contributions to our development over the last two seasons, and we expect to continue to grow with her help.”

Spelling Entertainment chairman Aaron Spelling added that he and co-chairman E. Duke Vincent were “very excited” about Bendavid’s promotion.

While at Lifetime, Bendavid was director of original series for the cabler and helped oversee the development of Sony’s “Strong Medicine” and Spelling’s “Any Day Now.”

Separately, Spelling has tapped Jason Clodfelter director of series development. Clodfelter, who reports to Bendavid, was most recently director of development for John Wells Prods.-based helmer Nelson McCormick. He previously had been a creative exec working with JWP-based Paris Barclay.

More TV

  • Chris O'Dowd

    TV News Roundup: Chris O'Dowd to Star in 'Twilight Zone' Episode

    In today’s roundup, The CW has released two clips from the upcoming “Riverdale” special “Heathers: The Musical,” and Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”  CASTING Chris O’Dowd will star in CBS All Access’ rebooted “The Twilight Zone” episode titled “The Blue Scorpion.” The series will premiere with two episodes on [...]

  • Kevin Tsujihara

    Kevin Tsujihara's Ouster Kicks Off a Week of Major Disruption in the Media Business

    The sudden ouster of Warner Bros. Entertainment chief Kevin Tsujihara kicked off what is likely to go down as one of the most extraordinary weeks in Hollywood history, spelling enormous turmoil and transition across the media landscape. In addition to the news about Tsujihara, which comes amid a wider shake-up of leadership at AT&T’s WarnerMedia, [...]

  • Wendy Williams Sober Living House

    Wendy Williams Reveals She's Been Staying in a Sober-Living House

    Wendy Williams, during an emotional monologue on her talk show on Tuesday, revealed through tears that she has been staying at a sober-living house. “So you know me for being a very open and truthful person,” she began the segment on “The Wendy Williams Show,” fighting through tears. “And I’ve got more to the story [...]

  • Hong Kong Industry Executives Seek Clarity

    FilMart: Hong Kong Industry Executives Plead for Clarity on Mainland Chinese Tax Policies

    At a time of heightened scrutiny of tax affairs in China’s entertainment sector, even industry veterans in Hong Kong are struggling to figure out how to operate in the new financial environment and pleading for more clarity from the Chinese government. Hong Kong produces about 60 films a year, three-quarters of which are typically co-productions [...]

  • Michael Jackson R Kelly

    'Leaving Neverland,' 'Surviving R. Kelly' Composers on How They Scored Sexual Abuse Docs

    How do you put music to child sexual abuse — especially if the accused predators are musical icons? That’s the challenge composers Chad Hobson and Nathan Matthew David faced as they scored HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” and Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” respectively. The documentaries are built around interviews with the alleged victims of Michael Jackson (two [...]

  • Canadian Animation Shop Guru Studio Makes

    Canadian Animation Shop Guru Studio Makes Moves in China

    Guru Studio, an award-winning Canadian animation studio, is exploring the possibility of opening an office in Hong Kong or mainland China. The Toronto-based company is keen to get a slice of China’s animation market, which has been growing quickly. Louise Jones, Guru vice president of finance and business affairs, said at a FilMart panel discussion [...]

  • Viacom HQ LA

    Viacom Goes to War With AT&T Over DirecTV Carriage Deal

    Viacom has declared war against AT&T, blasting the telco giant on several fronts as the companies wrestle over a carriage renewal deal that is vital to Viacom’s long-term financial health. As of today, Viacom has begun running crawls and promo spots on its channels warning viewers that Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV and other channels [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content