Founder & Chairman
Ben Silverman, the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show creator and media executive, is Founder and Chairman of Electus, a next generation studio. The company was launched in July 2009, in partnership with IAC, a leading Internet and media company chaired by Barry Diller.
Since Electus’ inception, Silverman has executive produced major network and cable hits, including NBC’s transformative TV commerce show “Fashion Star,” the VH-1 hit “Mob Wives” franchise, “King Of The Nerds” for TNT/TBS and “Bet On Your Baby” for ABC. Additionally, Electus is currently in production on several new series that Ben is executive producing including “Marco Polo” for Netflix, “Wake Up Call” starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for TNT, a series with Dog the Bounty Hunter for CMT, “Get Out Alive: with Bear Grylls” on NBC, the re-invention of “Candid Camera” for TV Land, the “Jane The Virgin’ telenovela at The CW, and the feature film “Hands Of Stone”, the biopic of Robert Duran starring Robert De Niro, Usher and Edgar Ramirez, as well as various other series and pilots across broadcast and cable networks. Silverman recently received the 2014 Award of Excellence in Digital Innovation at the Banff World Media Festival.
Prior to launching Electus, Silverman served as Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios from June 2007 to 2009.
As Founder and former CEO of Reveille, Silverman is executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning NBC comedy "The Office" and the Golden Globe-winning comedy "Ugly Betty," co-creator and executive producer of the hit NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser" as well as co-creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed "The Tudors" for Showtime.
Silverman serves on numerous charitable boards, including Best Buddies and Cedar Sinai Hospital. As an agent at William Morris Agency, he ran the international division, where he pioneered the format business, packaging such shows as “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and “Big Brother.”
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Grant joined Electus in November 2011 as the CEO, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s next phase of growth across global and domestic TV, digital and branded entertainment.
Prior to joining Electus, Grant served as President of Shine International, the global sales and distribution arm responsible for distributing programming from the Shine Group companies. There he transformed formats including "MasterChef," "The Biggest Loser," "The Moment of Truth" and "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?" into truly global television brands.
Prior to founding Shine International, Grant served as a Managing Director of independent studio Reveille.
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Digital
Drew Buckley is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Digital of Electus where he is responsible for overseeing finance, acquisitions, and all transactions within Electus and their partner companies.
In addition, Drew oversees a team of digital executives focused on creating new content experiences for its Premium YouTube Channels and its slate of Programming with Yahoo! Comedy and Lifestyles.
Prior to Electus, Drew served as Executive Vice President of Windsor Media, Terry Semel's, former Chairman and CEO of Yahoo!, investment firm. Windsor Media is a holding company of controlling assets in the Media, Entertainment and Luxury brand Industries.
President, Content Marketing
Laura Caraccioli is the President of Content Marketing for Electus where she is responsible for changing the way content creators and advertisers interact, bringing top-quality programming to consumers via the web, TV and film.
Laura has spearheaded major deals with top brands such as Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Maybelline, Fiat, Orbit, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Express, and many more. She is responsible for all branded entertainment projects across television, film, and digital for Electus and their partner companies including DumbDumb, Will Arnett and Jason Bateman's digital production studio. DumbDumb's projects include Orbit Dirty Shorts which won the 2011 Gold Pencil, Silver Clio Award, and was shortlisted at the 2011 Cannes Lions Festival, and Denny's Always Open which won a Bronze Lion at the 2012 Cannes Lions Festival. In addition, Laura was responsible for producing three of the world's largest retailers for the groundbreaking multi-platform series, "Fashion Star."
Prior to joining Electus, Laura served as Executive Vice President of Starcom MediaVest Group and won numerous awards in recognition for her work. In addition, Laura sits on NBC's Women Advisory Board.
President of Electus International
John Pollak is President of Electus International, the global sales and distribution arm of Electus, where he oversees the international strategy and execution for the growing slate of programming within Electus and its content labels. Pollak also leads distribution of Electus’ programming as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party providers.
Prior to joining Electus, Pollak was Executive Vice President and Head of Worldwide Sales for Shine International. He was responsible for the global sales and distribution of programming from the Shine Group companies. Pollak drove sales for some of the world’s most successful non-scripted formats including "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?," "The Biggest Loser," "American Gladiators," "The Moment of Truth," "MasterChef" and Shine International’s first scripted network series – "The Listener," a successful co-production between NBC, Fox International Channels and CTV in Canada.
EVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel
Joshua Sussman serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel at Electus where he oversees Business & Legal Affairs.
Prior to Electus, Josh was VP, GC of Programming at IAC/InterActiveCorp. At IAC, Josh had a dual role; overseeing Business & Legal Affairs for IAC's programming businesses (which included CollegeHumor Media, The Daily Beast and Notional among others) and helping IAC senior management oversee operations of those businesses. Prior to that role, Josh served as Corporate Counsel at IAC. Prior to IAC, Josh was an associate for five years at the law firm, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. He received a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law where he also served as an Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal.