Lime Pictures’ unscripted development head shuffles to US division

Lime Pictures’ unscripted head Ben Crompton will move Stateside for the company as executive VP of development, to accelerate the prodco’s US presence.

Crompton, who has helped oversee the company’s US development from the UK in the last three years, will be based in Los Angeles and will continue to develop material that blends the entertainment and factual genres as well as building the company’s experience producing in real-time for multiple platforms.

The exec will continue to report into Lime’s head of unscripted programming, London-based Sarah Tyekiff, who is responsible for Lime’s unscripted portfolio worldwide.

Crompton co-executive produced Lime’s latest entertainment offering in the US, E!’s Dating No Filter which airs tonight. He also co-developed Bravo’s Relative Success with Tabitha Coffey.

In the UK, Crompton most recently developed the critically acclaimed True Love or True Lies for MTV and primetime dating series Celebs Go Dating for E4.

Lime is best known as the creator of The Only Way is Essex in the UK and Netflix original series Free Rein. It is part of All3Media America and Crompton will work closely with All3Media CEO Tim Pastore.

Tyekiff said: “We are in a very exciting time of change and growth here at Lime and I’m thrilled that Ben will be leading our non-scripted drive in the US.  He has been paramount in building the unscripted development slate across all genres both in the UK and the US over the past three years and his move allows us to have a strong connection between the London and LA teams capitalising on our development on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Crompton added: “This is a very exciting time for Lime Pictures both in the UK and the US.  Relocating to LA is not only a great opportunity for me personally but will ensure Lime’s development drive is truly aligned, while giving us the opportunity to further build on our relationships with the US networks, and continue the momentum we’ve built in London.”