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Beyond rejigs with Hemperek hired from eOne

Beyond Distribution has hired Entertainment One’s Justina Hemperek as head of acquisitions, with Sarah McCormack taking a new role. Hemperek (pictured) was previously director of acquisitions for the UK, Europe and Australia within eOne’s international distribution team. As of March, she will lead Beyond’s buying team, with interim head McCormack becoming senior VP of acquisitions […]

ITV America rejigs management at Housewives prodco Sirens

Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh has been named president of ITV America unscripted production company Sirens Media, with founders Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton taking new posts. Sebastian-Dayeh (pictured) will jointly report to ITV America CEO David George, who replaced Brent Montgomery this January, and ITV America president Adam Sher. Sirens founders Toth Diefenbach and Haselton will […]

Cineflix gets new lease of Life as Paramedics leads deals

Cineflix Rights has hired industry veteran Richard Life as VP of acquisitions. His hire comes as Cineflix Media’s UK-based sales division scored deals for shows such as First Response: Paramedicsand City Porn. Life, the former head of acquisitions and coproductions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment and head of programming at Channel 4 International, is joining as VP […]

David Attenborough to present BBC landmark series Dynasty

The BBC is set to launch its next landmark wildlife series Dynasty, fronted by seasoned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. Dynasty, which airs later this year, is a BBC Studios natural history unit production for BBC One, co-produced with BBC America and France Télévisions. Each episode follows individual animals – lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers, and […]

ITN bags Undateables exec for development role

ITN Productions (ITNP) has appointed The Undateables exec producer Jess Orr (pictured) as an executive producer, working across development and programming. With over 20 years of experience, Orr joins from UK indie Betty, where she produced shows such as Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and The Food Hospital. Will Smith, head of factual at ITN Productions said: “Jess […]

ITV America ups Adam Sher to president as rejig continues

ITV America CEO David George has appointed Adam Sher (pictured) as the unscripted producer’s new president and upped a range of senior staff, as changes following the exit of Brent Montgomery continue. Sher, who was previously chief creative officer in the business, will now have responsibility for all development, production and operations across the company’s […]

Netflix picks up Marie Kondo series on ‘the magic of tidying up’

Netflix has ordered an unscripted series with author and home organisation guru Marie Kondo (pictured), for a show based on her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The yet-to-be-titled season will consist of eight episodes and is produced by The Jackal Group, the prodco former Fox entertainment chief Gail Berman founded in 2014. […]

Endemol Shine producer joins A Smith & Co.

Endemol Shine North America unscripted producer Duncan McIntosh has joined Tinopolis-owned prodco A. Smith & Co. to form part of a new look development team. McIntosh will VP of development at the LA-based, reality programming-focused producer, working under Rupert Dobson, who has been promoted to senior VP of development from a previous VP post. The […]

DRG buys into ex-ITV Studios execs’ new prodco

UK distributor DRG is planning to invest in a spate of production companies, and has kicked off the strategy with a deal for a stake in a new firm from a pair of former ITV Studios execs. DRG is buying into Double Yellow Television, which Mark Wells and Glen Middleham launched to create new factual, […]

Passion acquisitions chief moves to TCB

Passion Distribution’s head of acquisitions, Jimmy Humphreys, is moving to rival UK distributor TCB Media Rights. The exec will take on the newly created role of head of acquisitions and coproductions at TCB, which has been staffing up significantly in the past year. Humphreys will report to Paul Heaney, founder and CEO of TCB, and […]

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