Karl Warner

ITV order for Sony’s Electric Ray

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered The Inspectors are Coming, a new ob-doc series from Sony-backed prodco Electric Ray. The series will follow council enforcement teams in the UK as they tackle bad behaviour from neighbourly disputes to dog mess in public spaces. The council officers have the power to impose on-the-spot fines meaning they often […]

Electric Ray poaches Endemol’s Parry

Sony-backed UK prodco Electric Ray has brought Endemol entertainment executive Shaun Parry into its fold. Parry will take up the new post of creative director, overseeing Electric Ray’s entertainment programming slate as well as its development unit, which creates formats for the international market. He takes up the post in March and will report to […]

BBC One kicks on with ‘Class of ’92’ football doc

UK broadcaster BBC One has commissioned a three-part documentary series following former Manchester United footballers as they attempt to save an ailing club. Salford Dreams United (WT) will see Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville – all members of the famed ‘Class of ‘92’ Man Utd team that dominated English […]

Couples to be Prized Apart on BBC One

UK terrestrial BBC One has commissioned a Saturday night series that combines “heart-stopping location adventure and high studio drama”. Prized Apart (WT) will see 10 men and women leave their friends and family to undertake challenges such as river rapid riding and jumps from snow-capped mountains. Each week, the worst performing contestant will be flown […]

Sony confirms Karl Warner prodco deal

Sony Pictures Television is backing a new production company headed by ex-BBC executive Karl Warner. Warner’s new prodco will be called Electric Ray and be based in London. It will specialise in factual and fact-ent series and sit alongside Sony’s other UK production interests Victory, Gogglebox Entertainment and Silver River. Sony said the new company […]

Ex-ITV Studios exec fills BBC role

A former head of entertainment at ITV Studios in Manchester, UK, has joined UK pubcaster the BBC as a commissioning editor. Rachel Ashdown is joining the Corporation’s entertainment division, which controller Mark Linsey oversees. The commissioning editor, entertainment role was previous filled by Mirella Breda, who exited to join Endemol prodco Initial. Ashdown is a […]

Karl Warner to launch indie after exiting BBC Ents

The BBC’s commissioning editor, entertainment, Karl Warner has resigned from the Corporation to launch his own independent production company. Warner has been with the BBC Entertainment unit since 2004, though did leave to join indie Monkey Kingdom before returning in 2008. His current role is commissioner and executive editor, entertainment. He will exit the Beeb […]