Mandel Ilagan is the VP of unscripted development at Nickelodeon, where he’s helped launch shows such as Unleashed, The Crystal Maze, The Substitute, Top Elf, Paradise Run and the recent reboots of the Emmy® Award-nominated Double Dareand Emmy® Award-nominated Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader.
Prior to Nickelodeon, Ilagan served as an exec at Hasbro Studios where he developed and produced the Emmy-winning Hub game show Family Game Night.Over his career, he’s also been a founding executive at Fox Reality Channel and a development executive at Fremantle where his projects included Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck and the creation of the game 1/2 Off for The Price is Right.
The Harvard graduate was also a question writer on the Fox game show Greed and producer on NBC’s The Million Second Quiz.
In addition to his TV work, he was a keyboardist for The Remotes, a TV theme cover band that served as the house band for the Daytime Emmy Awards for five years.
At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch. - Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures