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Script to Screen: The Capture

On the set of BBC One’s surveillance conspiracy thriller, Kaltrina Bylykbashi gets the lowdown on the series that has UK viewers in suspense this autumn This spring, TBI found itself at the “mothership” – a bunker with a wall full of cascading CCTV footage taken from across London that looks like the lair of a […]

Heyday Television hires ‘The Spanish Princess’ exec for development

NBCUniversal International Studios-backed Heyday Television UK has appointed former Chrysalis Vision exec Sue Gibbs to the newly created role of head of development. Gibbs will lead Heyday Television’s development slate in the UK and expand the company’s high-end drama projects, which includes The Capture for BBC One. It has also been behind The Long Song […]

Exclusive: NBCU International Studios COO to exit

NBCUniversal International Studio’s (NBCUIS) chief operating officer Sarah Cooper is to step down from her position, TBI can reveal. Cooper (pictured) joined the UK-based production division of NBCU in 2013 with a far-reaching remit that included working with then NBCUIS president Michael Edelstein to drive value from its shows, which include period drama Downton Abbey, […]

NBCUI hires ‘Lost in Space’ producer Mark Helwig

NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS) has appointed the producer behind Netflix drama Lost In Space to head up its scripted output from LA. Mark Helwig, who also worked on the reboot of Hellboy with Lionsgate, becomes exec VP of scripted at NBCUI and will work across the company’s LA production arm, reporting into UK-based president Jeff […]

Edinburgh TV Festival unveils State of the TV Nation panel

YouTube’s EMEA chief Ben McOwen Wilson, Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon (pictured) and Lionsgate TV Group president Sandra Stern are among senior executives set to appear on a ‘State of the TV Nation’ panel at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August. They will be joined by All3Media CEO Jane Turton and president of NBCUniversal International […]

ABC Australia exec joins Matchbox Pictures as MD

NBCUniversal-owned Safe Harbour producer Matchbox Pictures has appointed ABC Australia exec Alastair McKinnon (pictured, right) as managing director. The exec was most recently head of content investment and planning at the public broadcaster, where he was responsible for overseeing content production, business and planning activities across all genres and platforms for ABC’s entertainment and specialist […]

NBCUniversal’s Alfano switches to Universal TV

NBCUniversal exec JoAnn Alfano, former producer of 30 Rock, is joining NBC’s Universal Television as executive vice president of current series and new business development. Alfano will report to Universal TV president Pearlana Igbokwe. In her new position, Alfano will oversee and manage all aspects of Universal TV’s current series department and will also help […]

BBCWW hires NBCU formats exec as exec producer

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has hired NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s Anaïs Baker as executive producer for fact ent, entertainment and formats. This comes as part of a push to produce more factual entertainment and entertainment format. Baker, who joins this month, will report to Tracy Forsyth, BBCWW’s genre director for fact ent, entertainment and formats. The new exec […]

NBCU hires Fifty Fathoms production chief

NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS) has hired the head of production at UK prodco Fifty Fathoms, Charlotte Bloxham, to take on the same role. Bloxham will oversee NBCUIS’s scripted productions from UK-based producers Heyday Television, Working Title Television and the core NBCUIS business. At Endemol Shine UK-owned Fifty Fathoms, Bloxham has been head of production since […]

NBCU finds Edelstein replacement

Jeff Wachtel is relocating from LA to London to become the replacement for Michael Edelstein at NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS). Currently NBCU Cable Entertainment’s chief content officer, Wachtel (pictured) will begin his new role as president of NBCUIS in January before moving to London in the summer of 2018. He will be in charge of […]

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