Craig Piligian Announced as New President of Lionsgate Nonfiction Television

We are excited to announce that Pilgrim Media Group President and CEO Craig Piligian has been elevated to a new position – President of Lionsgate Nonfiction Television.

In his new position, the Emmy and NAACP award-winning producer will oversee the company’s unscripted TV business, developing new non-fiction series and managing partnerships with unscripted TV producers.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer had nothing but praise for Craig after the announcement, “Craig is a great partner, a savvy strategist and a leading creative force in the unscripted world. This is an opportunity to continue simplifying our business by bringing all of our unscripted operations together under Craig’s oversight while enabling him to continue overseeing Pilgrim’s world-class non-fiction brand.”

“Pilgrim is a powerhouse in unscripted content so we’re fortunate to have the experience and expertise of its leader as we continue to fill our nonfiction programming pipeline,” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group chairman. “We look forward to drawing upon Craig’s wealth of creative relationships in building our unscripted business alongside Pilgrim as a major player in the non-fiction space.”

Piligian, who has been championing reality television for nearly three decades, currently oversees a slate of Pilgrim shows including the upcoming The Ultimate Surfer (ABC), The Ultimate Fighter (ESPN+), My Big Fat Fabulous Life (TLC), Street Outlaws (Discovery) and Wicked Tuna (National Geographic). With the new position, Lionsgate’s hit series House of Ho on HBO Max, Selling Sunset and Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up on Netflix and De Viaje con Los Derbez on Pantaya will be added to his purview.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Kevin Beggs and Sandra Stern, and I look forward to collaborating with the rest of their television team in developing premium non-fiction programming for Lionsgate,” Piligian said. “I also welcome the opportunity to continue partnering with Jon Feltheimer, a one-of-a-kind CEO who has created an entrepreneurial and collaborative culture at Lionsgate in which Pilgrim has been empowered to flourish.”

We cannot wait to see where this new development will take Lionsgate and Pilgrim Media Group together.

Check out the official announcement at Realscreen.