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ITV Studios poaches Shaftel from Pawn Stars producer Leftfield

ITV Studios America has recruited Rob Shaftel as senior VP, development. He joins from Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars) and will develop show for cable and broadcast nets from ITV’s New York offices.

Shaftel will report to Bruce Robertson, head of development for ITV Studios America. He said: “His expertise will help ITV Studios America continue to expand both our New York office and the success of our non-scripted offerings in the United States. We’re delighted to have him on board.”

As vice president of development at Leftfield Pictures, Shaftel oversaw the development of series including History Channel’s Counting Cars, Ball Boys, for ABC and Pawn Stars spinoff Cajun Pawn Stars for History.

Prior to Leftfield, Shaftel spent two years at Discovery, developing shows including How Stuff Works and When Animals Strike.