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Thames hires Boomerang’s Baldwin as development director

FremantleMediaUK’s Thames has appointed Boomerang’s Shona Baldwin as director of development. Baldwin will work closely with managing director Amelia Brown and creative director Phil Harris on developing new formats for global audiences. She joins the entertainment company this month. The new director arrives from TwoFour label Boomerang, where as director of development she has led […]

UKTV hires Baby Cow’s Waddell in originals push

British broadcaster UKTV has hired Kerry Waddell from UK indie Baby Cow Productions. Waddell (pictured) is leaving her post as head of production at the Alan Partridge prodco to take on the same role at UKTV. The hire comes as UKTV delves deeper into its plan to up its original programming output by a third […]

Bunim/Murray reshuffles senior roles after Jenkins exit

Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is elevating the role of senior programming and development staff after the exit of its co-president last year. BMP’s Julie Pizzi (pictured) will be elevated from co-president to president of entertainment and development. That comes after Pizzi’s co-president partner Jeff Jenkins departed in November 2017. Farnaz Farjam Chazan will also be promoted […]

Ex-ABC unscripted chief to create Spinnaker Chaos with Red Arrow

US unscripted producer John Saade is housing his new production company, Spinnaker Chaos, at Red Arrow Studios. The exec, who has helmed shows such as Dancing with the Stars and Jimmy Kimmel Live, will exclusively work with Red Arrow on new series. Saade (pictured) worked in US broadcaster ABC’s alternative division between 2004 and 2013, […]

Eurodata: TV industry increasingly looking abroad for ideas

Of the roughly 9,000 new and recurring TV programmes that aired in 2017, some 46% were concepts sourced from overseas, according to Eurodata TV Worldwide research. The report, which looked at the 48 countries tracked by Eurodata’s NoTa service, said that a majority of these foreign concepts were ‘ready-made’ formats. An adaptation of US gameshow The Wall (pictured), […]

Brent Montgomery leaving ITV America to launch venture

Brent Montgomery is exiting his CEO spot at ITV America to create a new entertainment company. David George will succeed him at ITV’s unscripted US arm, having previously been president. Montgomery has led ITV America as chief executive since 2015, having sold the production group he created, Leftfield Entertainment, to ITV for an initial US$360 […]

Paul Greenberg departs A+E’s FYI to launch video consultancy

A+E Network’s FYI channel head, Paul Greenberg, is departing from the company to launch a digital video consulting firm, Butter Works. Greenberg confirmed the news via Twitter yesterday, after Variety first broke the story. Gena McCarthy will replace Greenberg, who has been executive VP and general manager of US network FYI for two years. She […]

Buying Blind prodco Kinetic expands with development hire

Red Arrow Studios-owned prodco Kinetic Content has a new VP of development. Paul Lima is transferring from US prodco This Is Just a Test Productions, which is behind shows such as History’s Big Rig Bounty Hunters and Animal Planet’s Ice Lake Rebels. Kinetic has also promoted Scott Patterson to manager of development and Andre Kovalovs […]

Hollywood Squares heads to India via Viu

Indian on-demand service and affiliate pay TV network Star MAA are working up a local version of classic CBS gameshow format Hollywood Squares. The series is hitting the localmarket through boutique content house Morris Street Advisors, which acquired the format from distributor CBS Studios International. The Indian version, shot in the Telugu language and which […]

Ex-Warner Bros. exec to open German office for Gaumont

Former Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) Deutschland scripted director Sabine de Mardt is opening a German office for Narcos producer Gaumont. De Mardt (pictured) will be president of the Cologne-based company, which will form part of the Paris- and LA-based Gaumont. The office opens on July 1, at which point she will report to […]