BBC must ‘change faster’ to compete with global players, says Purnell

The BBC needs to “change faster” in order to reach more young people and compete against powerful online video and audio providers like Netflix and Spotify, according to James Purnell. Speaking at the EBU’s ‘Truth and Power’ conference this week, the BBC’s director of radio and education said that the BBC’s goal is not to […]

Blue Ant expands UK office with DRG exec

Blue Ant International is expanding its UK operations with the appointment of DRG’s Fleur Wheatley as international sales manager. Wheatley will oversee Blue Ant’s sales across the Middle East, Africa, Benelux, Greece and Israel. She will report to Alex Maldini, VP of international sales and acquisitions. The new exec arrives from Digital Rights Group (DRG), […]

Little Gem gains production and development heads

Little Gem has appointed former Lime Pictures exec Harriet Dormer as its new head of production and promoted Rachel Harris to the newly created role as head of development. The news arrives after the recent appointment of Kate Maddigan as its new head of entertainment. Dormer has freelanced as a production manager across a variety […]

Thunderbird ups Twiner McCarron to CEO

Thunderbird Entertainment has appointed Jennifer Twiner McCarron, the chief of its subsidiary Atomic Cartoons, to company CEO. The move is effective immediately. Twiner McCarron joined Atomic as head of production in 2011 and has helped grow the company from 25 to more than 450 artists. She supervised all in-house production, including Beat Bugs (pictured) and the […]

Amazon inks first-look deal with Game of Thrones producer

Game of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. With the hire, the studio will gain access to Gerardis’ intellectual property library from science fiction and fantasy authors such as Robert Silberberg and David Brin. Gerardis has a history of packaging and selling TV projects based on literary titles. […]

Objective promotes Pound, gains first commercial director

Objective Media Group (OMG) has promoted Roz Pound to act as its director of production and operations and hired its first commercial director Holly Pye. Pye, who joins in August, joins from James Grant Media Group where she is entertainment board director. Previously she has worked as the company’s head of television. Pound was the […]

House producer signs with Sony Pictures TV

Liz Friedman, the senior producer of top medical drama House, has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Television. Friedman has acted as writer and producer on a range of top titles. She co-wrote the pilot for Orange Is The New Black with Jenji Kohan and served as executive producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. She […]

Turner CEO to depart amid AT&T merger

Turner CEO John Martin is to depart the company as AT&T completes its $85bn acquisition of Time Warner. The news was revealed by AT&T Entertainment boss John Stankey in a company memo to staff. He said: “You’ll note that we have changed how Turner is organised given that John Martin will no longer be with […]

Remedy Productions appoints CCO

Remedy Productions, whose recent productions include BBC1’s Saturday night, family game show Ready or Not, and a recent episode of Channel 4’s Dispatches, has just appointed Denis O’Connor as its new chief creative officer. O’Connor comes from Buccaneer Media where, as head of department, he oversaw development, pitching and production of the company’s unscripted department. Prior to that he worked […]

BT CEO Gavin Patterson to step down later this year

BT Group chief executive Gavin Patterson is due to step down later this year with the company claiming new leadership is needed following recent poor results. BT said it expects to have a new CEO in place during the second half of the year with Patterson set to continue in the role until a replacement […]

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