Andrew O’Connor


Netflix orders some magic with Derren Brown specials

Netflix has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Vaudeville Productions for three specials with magician Derren Brown. The series will kick off with Derren Brown: The Push on 27 February. It features Brown’s controversial experiment in which he exposes the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance. The other two specials are a televised version […]

Objective poaches Syco exec in COO hire

UK-based Objective Media Group has hired a COO from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment. Matthew Angel will take up the post in October, taking the lead in legal and business affairs, finance and commercial activities. At Syco, he was global head of legal business affairs, and recently renegotiated the contract to keep The X Factor and […]

ITV Studios ups Clarke to key content post

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has promoted Ruth Clarke to a new role focusing on content strategy and investment, TBI has learned. Clarke (pictured) joined ITVSGE from Shine Group’s international arm in 2012 as director of acquisitions and coproductions, and rose through the ranks to become executive VP. She has now been named EVP, content strategy […]

ITV Studios label scores comedy writer deal

ITV Studios’ new label Cats on the Roof Media has signed a first-look deal with comedy writer and producer Lee Hupfield. This will see The Friday Night Project co-creator Hupfield (Balls of Steel, Meet the Parents) write, direct and produce in the UK exclusively through Cats on the Roof subsidiary Second Act Productions. Most recently, […]

Objective names new CEO as Newman exits

All3Media-owned Objective Productions has named a new CEO after Andrew Newman became the latest top-level creative executive to exit the Peep Show prodco. Layla Smith is transferring from All3 sister prodco John Stanley Productions, where she had been for two years, to become Objective’s new chief. Prior to John Stanley, which All3 runs with Little Britain […]

Objective founder exits All3Media prodco

Michael Vine is leaving Objective Productions, the UK comedy and entertainment producer he cofounded in 1996. Vine started the London-based prodco in 1996 with Andrew O’Connor and it is owned by All3Media after the super-indie acquired the business in 2007. The prodco’s credits include hit Channel 4 comedies Peep Show and Fresh Meat as well […]