Viacom International Studios UK taps Richard Hastings to helm non-scripted

Richard Hastings

Viacom International Studios UK has hired Richard Hastings as head of non-scripted programming.

The former MultiStory Media exec is to oversee the development and production of all non-scripted output for Viacom channels and platforms as well as third-party partners.

The exec, who will start in February, is to build out a team and work with commissioners and in-house teams to grow existing brands and create new series and specials.

He will report into Jill Offman, MD for VIS UK.

Hastings most recently served as creative director for the ITV Studios-backed MultiStory Media, formerly known as Shiver.

His producer credits at MultiStory include All Star Musicals (ITV), Britain’s Best Junior Doctors (BBC), Katie Price: My Crazy Life (Quest Red) and My Millionaire Migrant Boss (C4).

Prior to ITV, Hastings was head of factual entertainment development and executive producer for BBC Entertainment.

Offman said: “Richard has an impressive track record for creating non-scripted content for both in-house and third-party commissioners and brings with him significant expertise and invaluable experience.

“Richard joins us at a time of ambitious growth and having someone dedicated to non-scripted will not only drive our award-winning production studios to the next level but ensures that we deliver the highest quality programming to audiences across the UK and beyond.”

Hastings added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Jill and the team at Viacom International Studios UK. This is an exciting time for a studio that has already produced a slate of exciting programming and has a clear vision for the future. I can’t wait to play my part in its future success.”

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