Liam Humphreys


Fremantle hires 7Wonder’s Abbott as COO unscripted

Fremantle has appointed 7Wonder’s Liza Abbott as chief operating officer for unscripted out of the UK. Taking up her post in the newly created role later this month, Abbott will oversee commercial activity, legal and business affairs, digital and production across Fremantle’s UK unscripted labels, which include Thames, Talkback, Boundless and Shotglass. She will report […]

Boundless hires ex-Betty chief to replace Wyatt

FremantleMedia UK’s factual entertainment label Boundless has appointed a range of senior members including Betty’s former chief, Neil Smith (pictured), who will replace Hannah Wyatt. Smith, the former joint managing director at Betty, has been named MD at The Apprentice prodco Boundless, and will report to Liam Humphreys, CEO at FremantleMedia UK Unscripted. He joins […]

Fremantle restructures unscripted division

FremantleMedia is reuniting Talkback and Thames as part of a wider restructure at its UK unscripted division. Comedy entertainment label Talkback and entertainment arm Thames will return to their old, united state as TalkbackThames. They were previously separated in 2011 after RTL Group-owned Fremantle merged them in 2003. The restructure comes days after Thames managing […]

Holloway exiting Thames after 20 years

Richard Holloway is leaving FremantleMedia UK producer Thames after 20 years with the business. During that time, he has produced shows such as Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. His career in entertainment, however, spans five decades, making him one of the most recognisable figures in British television and media. His credits […]

Fremantle UK restructures as C4 exec enters

Richard Holloway will step down from his duties as interim CEO of FremantleMedia UK but remains atop of prodco Thames, with Channel 4 entertainment chief Liam Humphreys (pictured) taking over the unscripted side of the business. Along with his role as managing director of entertainment label Thames, Holloway (below left) has been leading FMUK’s unscripted […]

Channel 4 ups commissioner

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has upped Sarah Lazenby to commissioning editor, entertainment following an internal rejig at the broadcaster. Factual entertainment and entertainment are now organised under head of entertainment Liam Humphreys. Lazenby joined Channel 4 last June from indie producer CPL. In her new role she will work under head of comedy entertainment Ben […]

Ex-Shine TV boss joins Channel 4

Former managing director of Shine TV Kelly Webb-Lamb has joined UK broadcaster Channel 4 as head of factual entertainment. Her appointment triggers a restructure that sees Liam Humphreys switch from head of factual entertainment to head of entertainment, and Ben Caudell become head of comedy entertainment. Webb-Lamb and Caudell will report into Humphreys, with commissioning […]

All3’s Caudell switches to Channel 4 in rejig

Ben Caudell is leaving All3Media’s Objective Productions for UK broadcaster Channel 4 little more than six months after joining. Caudell (left) has been hired as Channel 4’s head of entertainment as part of a restructure, and will report to the broadcaster’s head of factual entertainment, Liam Humphreys. The previous incumbent, Justin Gorman, exited in April […]

Channel 4 makes factual hires

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has hired a pair of executives to its features and factual commissioning teams, and made another editor’s role permanent. Former Channel 5 commissioning editor Ian Dunkley has been hired as commissioning editor, factual entertainment. He will report to head of factual entertainment Liam Humphreys. He joins a team that also includes […]