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NBCU formats boss exits

Formats-logo-460_2David MortimerDavid Mortimer, the NBCUniversal exec brought into to spearhead international formats growth, is leaving the company.

Former indie prodco boss Mortimer has been in his London-based senior VP, factual and development, at NBCU for three years.

When he joined, his remit was to run a new unit dedicated to unscripted programming. He had previously been in charge of his own indie, Fever Media, and worked for the BBC’s entertainment division.

It emerged yesterday that he was leaving and NBCU confirmed the news to TBI.

In a statement, Mortimer said: “I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best unscripted creatives in the business over these past few years, and am incredibly proud of what we have collectively achieved. But now feels like the right time to move on to a new challenge.”

Recent deals concluded by Mortimer and his team include a first-look deal with French prodco Terminal 9, and a new wedding format for MTG.

There is no indication yet as to Mortimer’s next move, nor of NBCU’s plans for a replacement.

Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Studios, said: “David has made a significant contribution to growing our unscripted business over the past three and a half years. Having decided to take on new opportunities, we wish him every success for the future.”

UK trade Broadcast was first to report the news yesterday.