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SBS scripted chief Sue Masters to step down to move into development

Sue Masters, head of scripted at Australian broadcaster SBS, is to leave the organisation at the end of the year after five years in the role. Masters joined SBS in 2014 and worked on shows including Safe Harbour, Deep Water and Dead Lucky, as well as Robbie Hood, The Hunting and the forthcoming Hungry Ghosts. The […]

Sky Studios takes the reins of ‘Das Boot’ from Sonar

Sky Studios is to fund and distribute the next seasons of wartime U-boat drama Das Boot. The pay-TV operator’s commissioning and production arm will take the reins to the Bavaria Fiction and Sky Deutschland co-production, which is set to return next year for a second season. New deals for the Sky Deutschland drama – the […]

STV alum Woodward to chair board of Clements’ Two Rivers Media

Alan Clements’ Two Rivers Media has tapped former STV boss Rob Woodward as chair of its board. Woodward was previously CEO of STV Group – where he worked closely with Clements for nine years – and was founding trustee of the STV Children’s appeal. Since leaving the business after 10 years in 2017, he joined […]

All3Media’s Lion TV hires creative director and factual chief

All3Media-backed UK producer Lion TV has hired a creative director and a head of factual. Emma Morgan replaces Lisa Edwards, who left at the start of the year to take up the same role at Studio Ramsay, while Tom Watt-Smith has been hired to head up factual Morgan was most recently at Firecracker Films, where […]

MGM hires Channel 4 alum to head new UK-based unscripted arm

MGM Television is setting up an unscripted arm in the UK and has appointed former Channel 4 and BBC exec Dom Bird to run it. MGM International Unscripted Content will be based out of London and will develop existing formats locally, as well as creating original UK-based ideas. Bird, who reports into MGM’s president of […]

Facebook launches first event special out of UK with Elton John

Facebook Watch is readying the launch of a sit-down interview with Sir Elton John – one of the platform’s first major event specials out of the UK since launch.   The exclusive event, produced by Whitecoat TV, was filmed earlier this week in front of a live audience at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, and […]

‘War Of The Worlds’ exec producer Jamie Brown launches drama prodco

War Of The Worlds exec producer Jamie Brown has launched a global-facing drama prodco. The new outfit, Grand River Productions, is focused on development and will cater to both film and TV markets, with talent packaging, financing and distribution capabilities in place. The Canadian-born producer most recently served as an EP on Mammoth Screen’s historical […]

ViacomCBS sets senior leadership ahead of deal closing

CBS has made a round of senior appointments for the merged ViacomCBS group ahead of the merger closing early next month. The business has tapped Viacom exec Alex Berkett to serve as EVP of corporate development and strategy, leading on all of ViacomCBS’ acquisitions, partnerships, investments and joint ventures internationally. Meanwhile, Marva Smalls is to […]

Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Group acquires US prodco Campfire

Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Group has taken a majority stake in Campfire, the US prodco behind Netflix’s The Innocent Man and HBO Max’s Heaven’s Gate. Campfire was founded by Ross Dinerstein, who will remain in charge of the company’s day-to-day operations and retain creative control. The deal will see the company working with Wheelhouse on feature […]

Studio Lambert strikes development deal with ‘Masked Singer’ showrunner

The Circle producer Studio Lambert has struck a development deal with Izzie Pick Ibarra, the showrunner and executive producer of The Masked Singer for Fox. Pick Ibarra will develop and produce new ideas with the All3Media-owned UK producer, while also helping to sell and oversee production on remakes of the company’s existing projects. She previously […]

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