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UKTV’s Darren Childs resurfaces at Premiership Rugby

Former UKTV boss Darren Childs is to lead Premiership Rugby.  The exec, who was revealed to be stepping down from the multi-channel broadcaster in February, is replacing long-time CEO Mark McCafferty as chief exec of the league. Childs, who is to leave UKTV in June, was initially believed to be a top contender for the […]

Oxford Scientific Films hires BBC alum as exec producer

Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), part of the ITV Studios-owned Boom Cymru group, has appointed BBC alum Lucinda Axelsson as executive producer. Axelsson is a multi-award-winning executive producer whose recent credits include Snow Bears for BBC One and wildlife drama series Serengeti, both of which were produced by John Downer Productions. Formerly a producer at the BBC’s prestigious Natural […]

Apple hires A+E’s Molly Thompson to head documentaries

Apple has hired A+E Networks veteran Molly Thompson as its head of documentaries. Thompson founded A+E’s feature film banner, A&E IndieFilms, in 2003 – a unit that has commissioned, acquired and backed a variety of award-winning docs such as The September Issue, Jesus Camp and The Tillman Story. Thompson’s recent exec producer credits include Matt […]

Mentorn taps ITN Productions for new factual head

Mentorn Media has expanded its senior team with ITN Productions exec Bernie Kay, who will join the company to the newly created role of head of factual. Kay will bolster Mentorn’s slate of talent-led projects, factual entertainment formats and documentaries. She joins from ITN Productions, where she has served since 2015 as an executive producer […]

All3Media rejigs German management team

All3Media Germany has restructured its management team appointing new chief business and chief financial officers. Hendrik Schierloh has been hired as chief business officer from Endemol Shine Group Germany. He will join All3 in August 2019. At Endemol Shine, Schierloh held a range of positions including head of legal and business affairs and managing director […]

Exclusive: Amazon taps TF1 exec to head up unscripted in France

Amazon has hired TF1’s non-scripted development manager Thomas Dubois to head up unscripted in France. Dubois joined Amazon’s European team this week. At TF1 he handled new project development and format commissioning for the French channel, and DTT channels TMC and NT1. For over three years he assisted the creation of new formats and developed […]

Exclusive: Netflix’s Larry Tanz to relocate to Netherlands

Netflix is relocating one of its top acquisitions execs to the Netherlands as it continues to rejig its exec structure. Larry Tanz, VP of content acquisition for the streaming giant, is understood to be relocating to Amsterdam – the latest move in the SVOD’s exec rejig. Tanz, who joined Netflix in late 2014, has been […]

BBC Studios appoints Lisa Opie as MD of UK production

BBC Studios has appointed Lisa Opie, its former factual production MD, as managing director of UK production. Opie will report to BBC Studios’ director of content Ralph Lee and be responsible for delivering the studio’s business plan, defining and delivering its commercial strategy and be accountable for risk and business management. She will sit on […]

Wild Money: The new rules of play in distribution

Distributors are under greater pressure than ever, needing to be nimble, innovative and cash-rich – all at the same time. TBI gathered distributors of shows such as Bodyguard and Leaving Neverland to discuss all things content: what’s cutting through, what they’re walking away from and why they’re stepping in where commissioners are falling short How […]

The Ink Factory taps Endor’s Tom Nash as exec producer

Simon and Stephen Cornwell’s The Ink Factory is expanding its creative team with the appointment of Endor Productions’ Tom Nash, who will serve as executive producer. In his new role, Nash will help create and produce theatrical films and scripted series, in addition to overseeing physical production on a number of titles across Ink Factory’s […]

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