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Key execs at GRB Entertainment

A who's who of the company

Karen Pinto
SVP, production and operations
Pinto has been at GRB since 1993. She started out in post-production and today oversees everything from finance and budgets to production systems and the company’s physical library.
There aren’t many systems in place at GRB that Pinto hasn’t touched: “All of GRB’s systems for finance, post and operations were originated by me or by the department I worked in,” she says.

Marielle Zuccarelli
SVP, international distribution
Zuccarelli started building a new business within GRB in 2006 after she realized that it was becoming nearly impossible to retain international distribution rights for the shows that GRB was creating and selling to U.S.-based networks.
“Whatever GRB produced, the acquiring network was keeping,” she says. “I realized that if I wanted to have fresh content to sell, I would have to reinvent my business. I started an acquisitions department at GRB, and now 90% of my business is acquisitions.”

Tim Prokop
VP, development
Prokop came on full-time at GRB in May and is prepping to launch “Most Lethal” for Spike. Prokop’s been producing for GRB since 1998, when he wrote and produced “War Dogs: America’s Forgotten Heroes” as an independent producer.
Since then, he’s worked on such programs as “Medal of Honor,” “The Last Mission,” “History Hogs,” “Broken Wings,” “Untold Stories of the ER” and “Expeditions to the Edge.” He added directing to his resume in 2005, when he helmed History’s “Shot from the Sky.”

Emily Mayer
VP, development
Mayer has been at GRB for a year. Mayer and Prokop share the same title, but she spends her time developing female-focused programming, while he tends toward the more testosterone-driven.
“I’m working on expanding the company more into the female space than we’ve ever been before,” says Mayer. “What I’m very proud of is that we’ve gotten a number of offers from channels we’ve never worked with before.”

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