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All3’s ‘Travel Man’ prodco North One rejigs development with BBC alum hire

All3Media’s North One, the company behind Channel 5’s Gadget Show and Channel 4’s Travel Man, has expanded its development team by hiring a former BBC Studios producer and promoting three others. Yvonne Murray will lead North One’s development efforts in Birmingham, UK, working on established series and attempting to attract commissions from outside of London. […]

Franchise building

The current batch of home renovation formats mirror the pared-down approach to home ownership in the post-recession. Jesse Whittock looks at how the genre continues building. Fitting a new kitchen, re-turfing the garden or completely renovating a home are stresses every home-owner identifies with. The reward when the job’s done is unique, and perhaps that’s […]

A+E ups Heather Jones

Channel operator A+E Networks UK has promoted Heather Jones to general manager. In her new role she will oversee the UK portfolio of channels, which includes History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation and H2. Jones is being upped from vice president, programming, the tile she took when she joined A+E in mid-2013. The new role is […]

UKTV orders five broadcast pilots

UKTV will show five new factual entertainment pilots that it has commissioned for its Watch channel. The UK digital channel operator ordered the batch of pilots for its‘Formats Lab’ strand and said that it expects to take one to series. UKTV asked UK indies to pitch innovative fact-ent pilots and has now greenlit Seven Envelopes, […]

All3Media launches US prodco with ex-Ryan Seacrest exec

All3Media has hooked up with former Ryan Seacrest Productions unscripted programming chief Heather Schuster to launch an LA-based unscripted formats business. Schuster has become CEO of Morocco Junction Entertainment, which will focus on unscripted formats for broadcast and cable channels with a global edge. She her exited her role as senior VP of development and […]

Programming team changes at Shine’s Dragonfly

Shine Group-owned Dragonfly has created a new specialist factual role and recruited a new head of development from rival UK producer North One. Edwina Silver has become Dragonfly’s first head of specialist factual. She joined the producer in 2006 as head of development and exec-produced The Burrowers: Animals Underground (above), the 3x60mins natural history series that debuted […]

Stephanie Hartog out, Neil Bailey in as All3Media rejigs international

All3Media is reorganising its international division in a series of changes that see formats sales boss Stephanie Hartog leaving the company and Neil Bailey appointed to the new role of commercial director, TBI has learned. The company confirmed the changes are taking place and said that it will be increasing its sales team under the […]

Heggessey’s Boom hires UKTV’s Tess Cuming

Fledgling indie production group Boomerang has recruited Tess Cuming as its first head of factual entertainment and features. Cuming joins from channels group UKTV where she was senior commissioning editor. Boomerang is part of Boom Pictures, the UK indie created last year by former BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey. Last week it said it was providing […]