Pilgrim signs Lip Sync Battle’s Greenberg

Pilgrim Media has signed a development and production deal with Josh Greenberg, the showrunner and co-executive producer of Lip Sync Battle. Greenberg will develop and executive produce a range of formats in the music competition space, as well as other unscripted content. He will work closely with Pilgrim’s chief creative officer, Johnny Gould, and the […]

BBC launches VR production studio

The BBC has launched a virtual reality production studio, BBC VR Hub, in a bid to explore “how VR can create real audience impact”. Head of commissioing for VR Hub, Zillah Watson, said that the new unit will work closely with BBC programme makers and digital experts and will create VR content across a range […]

NBCU’s Matchbox hires Endemol Shine scripted exec

NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS)-owned Australian producer Matchbox Pictures has hired well-known exec Mimi Butler. She has hired in a role that will see her work across development and production at the prodco, which is behind scripted series such as The Slap (pictured) and Deadline Gallipoli. Butler will be based in Sydney and takes on a permanent post. She […]

C4 appoints ex-Garden CEO to Indie Growth Fund board

Channel 4 (C4) has appointed The Garden’s former CEO Nick Curwin to its Indie Growth Fund Advisory Board. Curwin joins the board as an external independent expert, where he will help to supervise the operation, review the performance of the Fund and make recommendations to the C4 Corporation Board for investments and exits. He will […]

NBC promotes Evans to current role

NBC has promoted 22-year veteran Bruce Evans to executive vice president of current programming. Evans will replace Vernon Sanders who departed for sister company Universal TV in November. The veteran most recently served as senior vice president of current and daytime programming for NBC, overseeing Days of Our Lives, The Blacklist and Blindspot. He joined […]

Discovery restructures EMEA team

Discovery Communications is changing the structure of its EMEA business, after naming Susanna Dinnage as global president for Animal Planet in November. The move will see Discovery consolidate business units that were previously split into the UK, Nordics, Southern Europe and CEEMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa). Discovery believes that one […]

WWE Studios plans TV originals assault

WWE Studios is expanding beyond feature films and into original TV and digital content production. The production arm of wrestling/sports entertainment giant WWE is looking to work with coproducers on scripted and reality TV shows, and is also eyeing the family and animated spaces. WWE Studios president Michael Luisi will continue to oversee the business, […]

Viacom int’l COO switch with Tolosa transforming

Viacom International Media Networks has named a new COO, as current incumbent Jose Tolosa moves to a new role oversee company-wide transformation. Long-serving exec Melody Tan (pictured) has been promoted to the number two post at the international arm of US media giant Viacom. She will report to president and CEO David Lynn, who moved […]

Studio Ghibli appoints new president

Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli has appointed Kiyofumi Nakajima as its new president. Nakajima will replace Koji Hoshino, who has acted as president since 2008. Hoshino will become Studio Ghibli’s new chairman and work on overseas expansion, merchandising, licensing and developing new business. Toshio Suzuki will continue to act as producer with all three execs […]

Seven’s long serving production head resigns

Brad Lyons, Seven Network’s director of production, has resigned after 20 years at the company. Lyons will depart the Australian broadcaster at the end of the year. The Australian first reported that the exec will take voluntary redundancy. The exec joined Australia’s Seven Network in 1997 as head of infotainment, and took on a range […]

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