Truly Original Strengthens Development & Production Teams


NEW YORK: Truly Original has promoted veteran execs Bryan Hale and Nikki Borrelli to executive VP positions within the company.

Hale, who previously served as senior VP and head of West Coast development at True Entertainment, has been elevated to the post of executive VP of development. Borrelli previously worked as the senior VP of production and operations at Original Media. She was promoted to executive VP of production. Both Hale and Borrelli will operate out of Truly Original’s New York City headquarters.

Truly Original is run by Emmy-winning producers Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh, who recently announced the merger of jointly run True Entertainment and Original Media to form the now fully integrated Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

At True, Hale has overseen development of some of the company’s biggest hits, including Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta. He currently has projects in development for such networks as HISTORY, E!, BET, Freeform, VH1, Lifetime, WE tv and Logo. He joined True for a second time in 2015, having previously served as VP and head of West Coast development for the company from 2007 to 2009.

At Original, Borrelli oversaw production and business affairs for all series and pilots. These include Spike’s Ink Master, HISTORY’s Swamp People, AMC’s Comic Book Men and more. She was also responsible for managing the company’s daily operations. In addition, Borrelli has served as VP of production at True Entertainment, leading the production of series such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Investigation Discovery’s Vanity Fair Confidential and OWN’s Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. She received an Emmy Award and four additional nominations for her work on TLC’s A Baby Story.

“Bryan and Nikki have been integral to the success of both True Entertainment and Original Media, building up our sales rosters and shepherding numerous hit series, spin-offs and specials through production,” said Weinstock and Hersh “A major benefit of forming Truly Original is having our creative, production and operational expertise under one roof, and we’re delighted Bryan is joining Nikki and our team in New York. We congratulate them both on their well-deserved promotions.”