The top spot at the unscripted shingle had been left vacant following Charlie Corwin’s hiring as co-CEO and co-chairman of Endemol North America in October of last year. (Cris Abrego also serves as co-CEO/chairman of the studio.) Corwin, who founded Original Media in 2002, called Laikind an “asset to the Original Media team and to Endemol overall.”
“Daniel has had a profound impact on the unscripted genre in both long form and short form and is known for creating edgy, quality content,” Corwin stated. “I love his work. He is very well liked and respected in the creative community and among buyers.”
Laikind joins Original Media after served as prez of development and production at Stick Figure Prods., a production company he co-founded. Shows that have grown on Stick Figure’s slate during Laikind’s tenure include “Amish in the City,” “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” and “Family Bonds.” Laikind’s TV credits span across nets including Nat Geo, VH1, HBO, AMC and PBS, among other networks.
“I have watched for years as Charlie and his incredible team at Original Media have managed to do the hardest thing in our business- produce content across every genre that is wildly entertaining, that connects with an audience, and that, true to the company name, is always original,” Laikind said. “To get a chance to continue the legacy is an opportunity of a lifetime. I look forward to working with Charlie and Cris and the rest of the Endemol team, and with the great group at Original Media.”
Programs produced by Original Media include “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Ink Master,” “Comic Book Men,” “LA Ink” and “Miami Ink.”