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Potato gains Powers through Love hire

ITV Studios (ITVS)-owned prodco Potato has hired Love Productions executive producer Sharon Powers. She joins the Ninja Warrior UK producer this week as a creative director, having previously been executive producer at The Great British Bake Off prodco Love. Potato managing director Martin Kelpie said the hire was strategic. “I’ve made no secret of the […]

De Mol helps creators find ‘The Fastest Way to Screen’

John de Mol and his Talpa Network are introducing ‘The Fastest Way to the Screen’ – a format ‘accelerator’ that gives international creators a chance to gain straight-to-series orders, and has hired former Sony exec Lisette van Diepen to lead it. The Fastest Way to the Screen will accept pitches for non-released, new original paper […]

New Star Trek leads to ‘record’ CBS SVOD sign-ups

Sunday’s premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access, CBS’s streaming service, is said to have “broken a record” for subscriber sign-ups in a single day. CBS says it has beaten the previous record achieved by the 2017 Grammy Awards. CBS All Access also experienced it’s best week and month for sign-ups due to […]

Dalton’s ITV move sparks Endemol Shine rejig

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) has rejigged its Central and Eastern Europe sales team following the departure of Pascal Dalton for ITV Studios (ITS). Dalton (pictured) is exiting his post as regional sales director for the CEE at MasterChef and Big Brother distributor Endemol Shine International (ESI) after eight years, and will become VP of global […]

Endemol Shine dismisses Turkish chiefs

Endemol Shine Group has dismissed the CEO and commercial chief of its Turkish division after “serious” management issues were discovered. Chief exec Gokan Tatarer and chief commercial officer Hakan Eren were axed after the 21st Century Fox-backed production and distribution giant had launched a review of the Turkish business. Though the review had been called […]

Atlantic adds to UK team

Independent producer Atlantic has hired two new execs and promoted another. Ian Syder (left) has joined the British prodco as head of production and Emily Smith (below right) as director of marketing, while Mike Davis has been upped to associate creative director. Syder started out in unscripted, working on Big Brother and Deal or No […]

Discovery orders Celebrity Fat Fighters

TLC has greenlit a new reality series in following celebrities in an extreme weight-loss boot camp. Celebrity Fat Fighters will run to three parts on the Discovery net, with UK indie Chalkboard TV making the show. The format sees a roster of celebs enter the boot camp and then undergo a strict training regime while […]

Young adults shunning drama for reality – study

Young adults overwhelmingly favour the entertainment and reality genres when watching linear TV, according to a new study. Entertainment represented 40% of young adult (15-34) TV viewing time in ten territories studied in Médiametré’s Young Adults Report. This compares with 36% of the overall population. The figures suggest young adults – or millennials – are […]

CBS rehires exec to launch unscripted studios unit

CBS has re-hired Ghen Maynard for the second time, this time to launch an unscripted division at its television studios arm. Maynard has been named senior executive VP, alternative programming at CBS Television Studios, reporting to president David Stapf. The new post will see him establishing an alternative department, though CBS TV Studios is already […]

BBC, Endemol alum launches Objective prodco

Former BBC Natural History Unit and Endemol exec Gavin Henderson has set up an indie within All3Media production group Objective Media. Henderson (pictured) was most recently creative director at Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll Productions, where he worked, but is now launching Highwire Productions. The indie will focus on “ambitious” male-skewed entertainment and adventures formats, as Objective, […]

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