BGM hires Kim Bondi as SVP of development

The former EVP of production and programming at Cineflix Productions will oversee BGM's development strategy, taking over the role from Sean Connolly.

Toronto’s BGM has hired former Cineflix Productions exec Kim Bondi as SVP of development.

Bondi will lead the factual-focused prodco’s development strategy and production slate, taking over the role from previous SVP of development Sean Connolly. She reports to BGM president Marlo Miazga and will begin the role on March 1.

Connolly first joined BGM (formerly Bristow Global Media) in 2017 as a consultant before he was elevated to VP of development in 2018. He departed the company to “pursue other adventures still to be revealed,” according to a spokesperson from BGM. In a statement, Miazga said Connolly has been an “amazing collaborator and partner in crime” in his five years with the company, adding that BGM will continue a “creative relationship with him.”

Bondi most recently served as EVP of production and programming at Cineflix Productions, as well as leading the company’s Canadian development slate. Bondi first joined Cineflix as a writer in 2005 and was elevated to EVP of production in 2013.

Her factual credits include home reno series Rock Solid Builds, Property Brothers and Flipping Virgins; lifestyle series Girl Scout Cookie Championship and Food Factory; and true crime series Homicide: Hours to Kill and Bizarre Murders. She has received two Primetime Emmy nominations, one in 2015 for Property Brothers and another in 2021 for Property Brothers: Forever Home.

Before joining Cineflix Bondi worked at CBC and Discovery Channel, serving as producer, director and writer for projects including Royal Canadian Air Farce.

“I’ve watched Marlo and her team transform BGM into one of Canada’s most exciting factual producers, with a growing international reputation for premium unscripted content. To join BGM at this point in its lifecycle and to help chart its creative course is an irresistible challenge. My time with Cineflix has been massively rewarding and has taught me a huge amount, not only about the business but about my own aspirations. I know that BGM will give me the chance to explore and expand my creative horizons — and I can’t wait to start,” said Bondi.

Bondi’s appointment is the second major hire at BGM since it was acquired by Sphere Media in 2020, with former Corus Entertainment exec Corus Entertainment’s Andrea Griffith joining director of content in spring 2021.