Pilgrim ramps up exec ranks

Piligian's busy reality shingle bolsters staff

Craig Piligian’s reality shingle Pilgrim Studios is ramping up its exec ranks with a slew of hires and promotions.

The ultra-busy Pilgrim, which produces such as series as “Dirty Jobs” and “American Chopper” on Discovery, as well “Top Shot” and the upcoming “Full Metal Jousting” for History, has hired three VP’s to bolster its original programming and development teams.

Nicholas Caprio joins Pilgrim as VP of original programming. He arrives from Gay Rosenthal Prods., where he served as exec VP of the shingle and helped oversee such skeins as “Behind the Music” for VH1 and TLC’s “Little People, Big World.”

Arriving from the U.K.-based shingle Optomen, Rob Hill will be the new VP of development for unscripted. On the scripted side, Beth Miller will join as a VP. Previously, she worked at Disney Channel and ABC Family.

Coming aboard is Jon Unger as manager of development. He previously worked at ABC in current programming, and alternative and specials department.

Being promoted at Pilgrim is seven-year vet Johnny Gould, who will now be senior VP of original programming and development. He’ll continue to oversee both upcoming and current unscripted series.

Also being upped as managers in development are Jamie Fleischman and Jake Shelton.

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