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Endemol Shine Asia chief exits in rejig

Endemol Shine Asia (ESA) managing director Fotini Paraskakis (pictured) is leaving her role, as part of a regional restructure. Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing said in a note to staff the changes would see the business now focused on regional productions from various hubs around Asia. With Paraskakis leaving in mid-2018 after a […]

Ex-Warner Bros. exec joins Emmerson at indie

Alexis Price, who worked at Warner Bros. UK-owned Renegade Pictures, has joined Nick Emmerson’s new indie, Koska. Price and Emmerson (pictured) worked together at Warner Bros. International Television Production UK where the latter was managing director. Price was most recently creative director at Don’t Tell the Bride producer Renegade, and will have a similar role […]

Eyeworks co-founder to lead new Euro prodco

A trio of producers from Belgium has partnered to launch an Amsterdam-based prodco, with a co-founder of Eyeworks Group to lead the business. Woestijnvis, Lecter Media and DeMensen have grouped to create Fabiola, with Eyeworks alumnus Robert van den Bogaard (pictured) and ex-Eyeworks International creative director Pieter van Eekelen at the helm. The creative teams […]

Back Roads bags ex-BBCWW exec for development

Back Roads Entertainment has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Jonathan Cane as head of development. Cane will report to founder and executive producer Colby Gaines at the US production company. He is set the task of creating and developing original formats targeted at cable, and will oversee a staff of six development staff. Cane most […]

Optomen & Jane Street sign copro deal

All3Media’s Optomen Productions has signed a coproduction deal with veteran producer Donna MacLetchie and her prodco, Jane Street Entertainment. Under the deal, MacLetchie (pictured) will create, develop and produce unscripted programming with a focus on formats to be coproduced with Optomen in the US as well as internationally. MacLetchie and her team will be based out […]

Endemol Shine unleashes Boomdog unit

Endemol Shine North America (ESNA)’s Latin arm is forming a Spanish-language studio with Mexican producer Boomdog. ESNA-owned Endemol Shine Latino (ESL) and Boomdog have created Endemol Shine Boomdog (ESB), which will focus on original scripted and unscripted programming for US Hispanic and Mexican TV channels and services. Boomdog chief executive Alejandro Rincon will be CEO […]

Starz pushes into unscripted originals

US premium cable channel Starz has commissioned its first unscripted programmes. The Lionsgate-owned network has ordered four docuseries, which focus on criminal justice, youth sports, fashion and the legacy of hip-hop. To this point, Starz’s original strategy has been focused on dramas such as Power, Outlander and Black Sails and comedies including Survivor’s Remorse. Rival […]

Essential hires Network Ten exec for key post

Australia’s Essential Media and Entertainment has appointed Network Ten’s Kate Brady as commercial director. Brady joins from her former role as network business affairs manager at Network Ten to  focus on commercial interests and business affairs for Essential’s TV, theatrical and digital content. She will report to Essential’s CEO Chris Hilton. Brady has held senior […]

Critical co-founder Marcus exits

The co-founder of US producer Critical Content, Andrew Marcus, has exited. The move means Critical will now focus primarily on unscripted programming, with scripted chief Marcus focus on pursuing drama and comedy ambitions elsewhere. Critical launched in January 2016 out of the ashes of Relativity Television, which was sold off after Relativity Media went under. […]

Boundless hires ex-Betty chief to replace Wyatt

FremantleMedia UK’s factual entertainment label Boundless has appointed a range of senior members including Betty’s former chief, Neil Smith (pictured), who will replace Hannah Wyatt. Smith, the former joint managing director at Betty, has been named MD at The Apprentice prodco Boundless, and will report to Liam Humphreys, CEO at FremantleMedia UK Unscripted. He joins […]