New Bunim/Murray Productions President Julie Pizzi Promotes Three Top Executives
Rupert Dobson Named EVP, Development, Farnaz Farjam Upped to EVP, Current and John Greco to Serve as COO
April 8, 2021 – Julie Pizzi, the new President of Bunim/Murray Productions, has promoted three senior executives on her team at the Banijay-owned studio, including Rupert Dobson to Executive Vice President, Development.
Pizzi, who was promoted to her new role in February, has also named Farnaz Farjam, Executive Vice President, Current Programming and John Greco as the studio’s new Chief Operating Officer.
Bunim/Murray Productions, which was originally founded in 1987, is behind such ground-breaking unscripted series as The Real World, Road Rules, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and The Challenge. Earlier this year, Paramount+ debuted The Real World Homecoming: New York and The Challenge: All Stars, while Facebook recently launched the studio’s Sway Life and House of Creators.
“Bunim-Murray has always housed incredible producer talent and we wanted to elevate people from within our team that have contributed immeasurably to our success,” said Pizzi. “Rupert is a creative force of nature and Farnaz is a gifted story-teller—together they will oversee our creative team and shepherd our projects from development through delivery. And John Greco has helmed our production management team for over a decade and has the experience and expertise to excel in this new role.”
Dobson, who was formerly Senior Vice President, Development, is a BAFTA-nominated veteran producer and development exec, who has worked across multiple genres and platforms. As EVP of Development, Dobson will oversee all of the studio’s development efforts, including original entertainment formats for broadcast, cable and premium streaming platforms. While at BMP, Dobson has developed physical game Cash Back with CJENM, as well as upcoming projects with CBS, FOX and Universal Television Alternative Studios.
Prior to joining Bunim/Murray, Dobson served as Head of Development at A. Smith & Co, where he spearheaded the creation of the “Titan Games” for NBC and “Mental Samurai” for FOX, along with many others. He previously served as VP of Programming & Development at Base Productions, where he developed and produced series such as “Fact or Faked,” “Haunted Highway,” “Legend Quest,” “Deep South Paranormal,” “Stuntbusters” and “Human Wrecking Balls.” Dobson began his career in the UK, producing a range of shows for Twofour Broadcast.
Farjam, who formerly served as SVP, Entertainment and Development at Bunim/Murray, will now lead the studio’s current programming efforts. Farjam currently oversees such series as Sway Life and the final season of Keeping Up with Kardashians.
Farjam formerly developed new celeb-reality series and oversaw creative and logistical needs for many of BMP’s current projects. She also previously served as showrunner for Keeping Up with the Kardashians from the very start in 2007 and all of its spin-offs. Farnaz originally joined BMP in 2003 as a producer and has been a part of the BMP family since.
In her capacity as VP of Entertainment, Farjam also oversaw E!’s Total Divas and its spinoff Total Bellas, USA’s Miz & Mrs, Snapchat’s Endless and Facebook’s Ball in the Family. She also was the executive producer/showrunner on Mariah’s World on E!.
Greco will now serve as the studio’s new Chief Operating Officer. He was formerly Executive Vice President of Production at BMP.
Since joining BMP in 2008, Greco has overseen hundreds of hours of programming ranging from critically acclaimed specials to highly successful series. Notable series include several seasons of the popular MTV franchises, The Real World and The Challenge, and most recently, The Real World Homecoming: New York for Paramount +. He was also key in launching National Geographic’s unprecedented global live event Earth Live.
In addition to supervising all aspects of production including pre-production, production, and post-production, Greco will also oversee human resources and facilities, while continuing to implement systems & policies, develop cost-efficient production solutions, and maintain relationships with network partners.
Prior to BMP, John worked as Head of Production for Ellman Entertainment and Arden Entertainment managing all content including Growing Up Grizzly starring Brad Pitt, the behind-the-scenes specials for The Lord of Rings movie franchise, and the award-winning Martin Sheen-narrated documentary War Dogs.