Fremantle names MD’s for Thames & Naked in latest changes at UK division

Fremantle UK’s rejig in the wake of Simon Andreae’s departure as CEO has continued, with new MD’s appointed at Naked and Thames. The Apprentice prodco Naked is now to be led by Charlie Irwin, who was previously director of programmes, while Fremantle has made Tom O’Brien’s interim role atop Naked permanent. Both will lead strategic […]

Fatima Salaria to step down as CEO at Fremantle’s Naked

Planet Sex producer Naked is on the lookout for a new MD after Fatima Salaria revealed she will be stepping down from the Fremantle-backed company in the spring. Salaria has been with the producer for three years, overseeing its merger with fellow Fremantle label Boundless and working on shows such as Snowflake Mountain for Netflix, […]

Fremantle’s Naked hires ‘The Apprentice’ exec as first head of entertainment

Fremantle-owned UK producer Naked has hired Paul Broadbent as its first head of entertainment. Broadbent is charged with running Naked’s slate of new entertainment shows, alongside existing formats and developing new concepts. He previously executive produced four seasons of the BBC’s The Apprentice, which is produced by Naked, and prior to that he was series […]

Naked hires execs to “supercharge” fact-ent & formats

Fremantle-backed label Naked has appointed Bandicoot’s James Lessell as head of factual entertainment and Cam de la Huerta as head of formats. Lessell has produced UK formats including The X Factor for ITV, The Only Way is Essex for ITV2 and Big Brother for Channel 5. He also helped create shows including Eating with My Ex for BBC Three Celebs Go Dating for E4 and Jay Blades […]

‘The Apprentice’ prodco Naked hires Whisper exec to head up production

Fremantle-owned factual & entertainment label Naked has appointed Whisper exec Karen Knowles as its head of production. In her new role, Knowles will manage the UK-based firm’s slate, which includes The Apprentice for BBC One, The Rap Game UK for BBC Three, Grand Designs for Channel 4, Planet Sex for Hulu and BBC Three and […]

ITV expands doc & drama strategy with Melissa Caddick disappearance

ITV in the UK is expanding its strategy of ordering documentaries to accompany its dramas with a show exploring the mysterious disappearance of Australian millionairess Melissa Caddick. Life And Limb: The Missing Millionairess is being produced by Fremantle-owned UK prodco Naked and will explore the disappearance of the fraudster after she was investigated for financial misconduct. Caddick […]

Wonderhood rejigs senior roles, hires Naked’s head of production

David Abraham and Samantha Anstiss’s UK-based Wonderhood Studios has hired Lianne Hickey from Fremantle-owned Naked to head up its production efforts. Hickey, who was most recently head of production at Naked, takes the same role at Wonderhood, which has also promoted Katharine Patrick to become head of factual and named Tom Garton as its head […]

eOne hires Naked alum to expand UK unscripted team

Entertainment One (eOne) is bolstering its UK unscripted team with a senior hire and a promotion. The company has hired former Naked exec Susanne Hamilton to serve as SVP of productions & operations across the UK unscripted business, including for Daisybeck Studios, reporting to the latter’s MD Paul Stead and eOne co-EVPs of UK unscripted, […]

Fremantle’s Naked label hires Vice alum Tamara Howe to lead business development

Fremantle-owned UK label Naked has appointed former Vice exec Tamara Howe as director of commercial and operations. Howe, who was previously MD of international TV at Vice, will work closely with Naked MD Fatima Salaria to shape and deliver the company’s strategic plans, including leading on commercial business development, Overseeing day-to-day operations, Howe will work […]

Fremantle’s Naked hires Twofour’s Natalie McArdle as development chief

Fremantle-owned Naked has hired Twofour’s director of development Natalie McArdle, who is leaving the ITV Studios-owned prodco after a year in the role. McArdle will join Naked in February in the same role and reports into creative director, Tom O’Brien. She had led the development team at Twofour since her appointment last January, with a […]