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Mentorn taps ITN Productions for new factual head

Mentorn Media has expanded its senior team with ITN Productions exec Bernie Kay, who will join the company to the newly created role of head of factual. Kay will bolster Mentorn’s slate of talent-led projects, factual entertainment formats and documentaries. She joins from ITN Productions, where she has served since 2015 as an executive producer […]

ITN Productions expands international with ITV Studios EP

ITN Productions has expanded its international unit with the appointment of Sarah-Jane Cohen as executive producer.  Based in London, Cohen will work on development with ITN Productions’ head of international programmes Ian Russell and development exec Denise Castelli. One of Sarah-Jane’s first programmes will be a royal project with a US broadcaster. Cohen joins from ITV Studios, […]

ITN Productions taps BBC Studios exec for development

ITN Productions has hired BBC Studios’ Georgina Madley as head of development and promoted Grace Dean as head of short form. Madley joins from BBC Studios where she has been working as head of development for unscripted production since May 2018. She replaces Dan Grabiner, who departed the company in January to head to Amazon. […]

Exclusive: Amazon UK hires ITN’s development head for commissioner role

Amazon has hired ITN Productions’ head of development Dan Grabiner, TBI has confirmed.  The exec, who will be based out of Amazon Prime Video’s UK offices, is to serve as a commissioner for the streaming giant. He has been known to be leaving the Drug Lords producer since December. The news arrives shortly after the team […]

BBC Studios exec to lead ITN Productions

BBC Studios exec Anna Mallett has been appointed chief executive of ITN Productions. Mallett was previously group chief operating officer and MD of production at BBC Studios, where she oversees all core operations, as well as the business and operational leadership of all production areas. She also has direct oversight of BBC Studios’ international production […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Filming in North Korea

Ahead of the Nat Geo premiere of North Korea From The Inside With Michael Palin on Sunday (September 30), FOMO Films’ Neil Ferguson, director and producer of the ITN Productions-made documentary, gives TBI his do’s and don’ts of taking a documentary crew and the Monty Python star into uncharted territory.  I’ve just spent the past nine months […]

Nat Geo goes to North Korea with Michael Palin

National Geographic has acquired ITN Productions’ one-off documentary North Korea From The Inside With Michael Palin (pictured).  The US cable channel has picked up the hit Channel 5 special featuring the Monty Python and Vanity Fair star, who travels 1,300 miles across North Korea to interact with locals. Palin’s North Korean sojourn also coincided with the […]

Channel 5 series charts Michael Palin visit to North Korea

Channel 5 UK has greenlit a landmark travel series from ITN Productions, which follows comedian-turned-traveller Michael Palin on a recent trip to North Korea. Entitled Michael Palin in North Korea (w/t), ITNP says the production secured “unprecedented access” to the country, which is notoriously difficult for foreigners to enter. North Korea has been front page […]

Show of the week: The Queen’s Green Planet

The Queen’s Green Planet tackles one of the world’s great ecological conundrums: protecting the forests of Earth. Specifically, it follows Queen Elizabeth II’s initiative to create a new global network of protected forests, which is known as The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. “Content that has a theme that resonates globally will obviously be more in demand […]

ITN bags Undateables exec for development role

ITN Productions (ITNP) has appointed The Undateables exec producer Jess Orr (pictured) as an executive producer, working across development and programming. With over 20 years of experience, Orr joins from UK indie Betty, where she produced shows such as Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and The Food Hospital. Will Smith, head of factual at ITN Productions said: “Jess […]

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