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Programming duo rises at TBS

TBS, the Turner US cable channel, has promoted two key executives in Brett Weitz’s programming team. Thom Hinkle has been upped to executive VP of original programming, while Jeniffer Kim becomes senior VP of original programming. They will both continue to report to Weitz, who has lead TBS’s programming efforts as EVP since former Fox […]

Sarandos confirms House of Cards restart

After some deliberation on the status of House of Cards (HOC) season six, Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos has confirmed that production will go on for the final season. Last month, the sixth season was put on an extended hiatus as management attempted to resolve the fallout of sexual harassment claims made against Kevin Spacey. […]

Tinopolis names new COO

UK-based production and distribution firm Tinopolis Group has created a COO position for its British factual producers, and handed it to a key company executive. Naomi Carter (pictured) has been named in the role, having previously been group director of production at the company, which houses prodcos such as Mentorn Media and A. Smith & […]

Kapital hires Fox vet for business ops

Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment has hired Fox veteran Sandra Ortiz to oversee business affairs and production business. Ortiz was most recently head of business affairs for Fox 21 Television Studios. She joined US-based Kapital recently and has already helped to negotiate with CBS All Access for an order of drama Tell Me a Story and […]

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 […]