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Mentorn appoints Hughes as head of development

Mentorn Media has appointed Paul Hughes as head of development, after the exec joined last year. Hughes will lead the development team to supercharge the producers’ diverse development slate with a focus on returnable factual entertainment and entertainment content for both the UK and the international market. The exec joined Mentorn last year as senior […]

Tinopolis names new COO

UK-based production and distribution firm Tinopolis Group has created a COO position for its British factual producers, and handed it to a key company executive. Naomi Carter (pictured) has been named in the role, having previously been group director of production at the company, which houses prodcos such as Mentorn Media and A. Smith & […]

Ex-Sky non-scripted chief to lead Mentorn

Former Sky head of non-scripted Celia Taylor has joined Tinopolis Group-owned UK factual prodco Mentorn Media. Taylor left UK satcaster Sky last year as Phil Edgar-Jones took over all non-scripted programming. She has now been named managing director of Robot Wars producer Mentorn, replacing Jonathan Hewes, who will now solely focus on another Tinopolis prodco, […]

Ex-NBCU unscripted chief resurfaces at Tinopolis

NBCUniversal International Studios’ former unscripted chief, David Mortimer, has joined transatlantic production group Tinopolis. Mortimer has become Tinopolis’ first director of content, overseeing content direction and performance across the Wales-headquartered production and distribution group. Placing a particular focus on popular factual and factual entertainment, Mortimer will also be tasked with group growth by identifying and […]

Broadcasters join Robot Wars

UK battling robots series Robot Wars has been acquired by a raft of international broadcasters. The sales come as UK pubcaster the BBC orders a second season of the rebooted series after a successful summer run on BBC Two. Internationally, Viasat World has bought the finished first series for its Explore Channel in the central […]

360Production nabs Renegade producer

Britain-based 360Production has hired Belinda Cherrington from Renegade Pictures to become its first creative director of UK factual. Cherrington is an experienced executive producer, who among other roles launched Mentorn Media’s US development office in 2011. Her new company is a factual-focused London- and Northern Ireland-based firm that was acquired by Rare TV in 2014. […]

Pioneer drafts in Arrow exec as creative chief

British producer Pioneer Productions has poached Arrow Media executive producer Thomas Viner for a senior creative role. Viner will become the Tinopolis-owned factual prodco’s creative director, reporting to CEO Jonathan Hewes, the former Wall to Wall international boss who took over last year as Pioneer founder who stepped down as chairman. He will work closely […]

Naked hires ex-Fox TV Studios UK chief

Simon Andreae’s production company, Naked Entertainment, has appointed former Fox Television Studios UK managing director Susie Dark as its first COO. Dark will oversee all financial, legal and operational aspects of Simon Andreae’s indie, which is one of a batch that FremantleMedia invested in last year. The company claims to have “several series commissions in […]

More Katie Hopkins for TLC

UK pay TV channel TLC has commissioned another programming featuring controversial media personality Katie Hopkins. The channel will debut Katie Hopkins: Fat Story 1 Year On on January 2, 2016. The outspoken Hopkins, who has been vilified in the UK after a number of distasteful comments and extreme newspaper columns, will “continue her crusade against […]

Boundless replaces BBC-bound Holland

FremantleMedia UK producer Boundless has appointed a managing director to replace Patrick Holland, who is to become head of documentary commissioning at the BBC. Hannah Wyatt (pictured) has been named MD, having previously been creative director. The BBC recently hired Holland as one of three new commissioning editors sought after a restructure. He will remain […]

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