People


Discovery hires Sky exec to lead EMEA, APAC corporate development

Discovery has hired Sky executive Anil Jhingan as its corporate development chief for the EMEA and APAC regions, responsible for deal-making, partnerships and investments. Jhingan joins Discovery having played key roles in high-profile Sky deals, including its acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, as well as its recent public takeover. He joins Discovery with […]

Viacom’s James Currell exits after 18 years

Long-time Viacom exec James Currell is departing the business. Currell – who most recently served as president of the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe – has left the business with immediate effect. David Lynn, CEO of Viacom International Media Network (VIMN), is to oversee interim operations until the post is replaced. Currell first joined Viacom […]

Fabrik Ent’s Melissa Aouate upped to partner

Fabrik Entertainment president Melissa Aouate has been appointed a partner at the Bosch producer. Aouate joined the Red Arrow Studios-backed Fabrik as president in 2016. Previously, she served as a literary agent at ICM. Before this, she was an executive at Robert Zemeckis’ production company, where she worked on the feature films Flight starring Denzel […]

Thunderbird appoints Discovery exec to head up UK division

Canadian producer-distributor Thunderbird Entertainment Group has launched a UK division – to be helmed by former Discovery commissioning exec Ed Sayer – and has sealed its first production deal in the territory. Sayer, whose commissioning credits at Discovery International include Idris Elba: Fighter, will report into Mark Miller, president of Thunderbird, and will also work closely […]

NBCUniversal rejigs EMEA business

NBCUniversal has rejigged its EMEA business, following through on plans to transition the business’s pay-TV channels in the UK and Germany under the Sky portfolio.  First unveiled in April, the new structure sees the departure of Leonor Grandsire, MD of networks for Southern Europe, and the appointment of Lee Raftery, who led the creation of […]

Fremantle strikes multi-year pact with ‘True Detective’ producer

Fremantle has struck an exclusive, multi-year deal with True Detective executive producer Richard Brown’s (pictured) newly formed production company Passenger. Based in New York and London, Passenger will develop and produce original limited event series and anthologies as well as multi-season dramas, documentary series and feature films, with Fremantle co-producing and distributing the projects worldwide. […]

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene departs

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene has left the broadcaster to launch her own prodco. The exec will remain until September, overseeing continuing entertainment programming. She will also serve as an executive producer on Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – which she co-created – next year. ITV has appointed Katie Rawcliffe, who is currently creative […]

Zee’s Sunita Uchil gets international co-production role

Zee distribution head Sunita Uchil has been promoted to EVP at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) — a role that will see the exec launching an international co-production and co-development division. Uchil is to work with global prodcos to co-create and produce both scripted and unscripted programming. She was formerly chief business officer at Zee […]

Off The Fence’s Ludo Dufour boards Blue Ant International

Long-time Off The Fence exec Ludo Dufour has boarded Blue Ant International and will relocate from Amsterdam to the US. He is to serve as SVP of international co-productions and sales for the distributor, focusing on co-productions, co-ventures, pre-sales, new business development and distribution licensing in the US. Dufour will operate out of the business’s […]

FX rejigs exec team for originals

Disney-owned FX Networks has reorganised its originals team, appointing Eric Schrier as president of FX Entertainment and promoting Gina Balian to president of original programming for FX Entertainment. Meanwhile, Nick Grad has also been tapped as president of original programming at FX Entertainment, where he will continue to lead scripted originals alongside Balian. Grad will […]