BBC appoints C4 & Apple TV+ alums to new comedy commissioning team

BBC comedy chief Jon Petrie has unveiled his new-look commissioning team, appointing former Apple TV+ and Channel 4 execs, while also creating a head of comedy talent development role. Emma Lawson (Cuckoo, Trying) and Ben Caudell (Famalam, Mandy) are joining as commissioning editors at the UK pubcaster, while Seb Barwell (Stath Lets Flats, Bloods) is […]

Objective-backed Vox Pictures hires Williams

Vox Pictures has hired former Channel 4, Scott Free and Sprout Pictures exec Joe Williams as its head of development. Vox is the UK film and TV drama indie that Pip Broughton and Adrian Bate founded in 2014. All3Media’s Objective announced early last year that it was investing in the scripted prodco. Williams, who has […]

The Voice exec launching new Objective prodco

Moira Ross has left Warner Bros.-owned Wall to Wall to set up Panda Television, a new production label at Objective. Ross, who was head of entertainment at Wall to Wall and has exec produced the UK version of The Voice for five years, will move to All3Media-owned Objective in April. As chief creative officer of […]

All3’s Objective launches new factual prodco

UK prodco Objective is launching Second Star Productions, a new factual and fact-ent banner. Objective, part of the All3Media group, has undergone major staff changes following the exits of founders Michael Vine and Andrew O’Connor, as well as senior execs Andrew O’Connor, Paul Sandler, Matt Crook and Adam Adler, most of whom have set up […]

BBC Three, Worldwide co-order Smart series

BBC Three and its stablemate BBC Worldwide have co-commissioned a series in which comedian Russell Kane uses only a smartphone to survive. Stupid Man, Smart Phone will see the comic joined each week by a different online star, both of whom are convinced they can survive being dropped in harsh terrains such as the Arctic […]

Objective recruits new execs

All3Media-owned UK prodco Objective has hired two programming execs. It has recruited Joe McVey (pictured) from Comedy Central to work in its comedy development team. Prior to a 16-month stint in a commissioning role at Comedy Central, he worked at prodcos including Roughcut, Tiger Aspect and Monkey Kingdom. Objective has also hired Kelly McGolpin who […]

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 […]

Discovery Intn’l orders second season of Breaking Magic

Discovery Networks International has ordered a second season of Breaking Magic. The magic show is produced by All3Media-backed UK producer Objective and follows a group of new-school conjurers and street magic specialists as they reveal the science behind their tricks. The first season aired across Discovery’s international network of channels. The new show will be […]