Aussie expat Eden Gaha, who began his career as host of ABC’s 1992 Vidiot and went on to work for US reality producer Mark Burnett has now been named president of production giant Reveille.
Part of the Shine group, Reveille was previously owned by Ben Silverman who sold it to Elisabeth Murdoch after becoming head of entertainment for NBC. It developed Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser, Shear Genius, Kath & Kim, The Office, The Tudors, Little Britain and MasterChef USA.
The profile appointment will see Gaha will head the Reveille’s unscripted, creative, development, digital and brand integration departments.
As a right-hand man to Mark Burnett, Gaha joined Survivor and is now completing his fifth season as the exec producer of Celebrity Apprentice. Prior to that, he was a supervising producer on The Contender, Pirate Master and Rock Star.
In an interview with TV Tonight last year, Gaha said that after presenting Vidiot, Animal Hospital and Take 40 Australia, he wanted to produce but found it hard to be given the chance.
“I started by producing my own stories on Animal Hospital, and I begged Peter Meakin (then) at Channel Nine to give me a job on Current Affair’s Summer Edition just to prove I knew how to craft a piece.
“And they were on a one-day turn around too. I really enjoyed my time at Nine because you learned how to cover a lot with very little.”
He later followed his US wife to America and Gaha’s first gig was as Dressing Room Production Assistant on a VH1 Divas concert.
“I pretty much took any job I could find because as much as I’d achieved in Australia it didn’t mean anything creatively,” he says.
“I was using the little bit of producing I’d done as a calling card and showing it to as many people as possible. I met one person who would introduce me to the next and one thing led to another. The real important part was getting a gig as a producer on Survivor season 8.”
Of his newest appointment he said, “I am very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to guide an already successful company through the next phase of its continued growth. The media landscape continues to evolve, and new media increases the demand for entertaining and innovative content. As such, I am thrilled to work with both the creative, forward-thinking and multi-platform teams both at Reveille and in the Shine Group companies around the world.”
He begins in June.
Source: Hollywood Reporter