Back Roads bags ex-BBCWW exec for development

Back Roads Entertainment has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Jonathan Cane as head of development. Cane will report to founder and executive producer Colby Gaines at the US production company. He is set the task of creating and developing original formats targeted at cable, and will oversee a staff of six development staff. Cane most […]

Optomen & Jane Street sign copro deal

All3Media’s Optomen Productions has signed a coproduction deal with veteran producer Donna MacLetchie and her prodco, Jane Street Entertainment. Under the deal, MacLetchie (pictured) will create, develop and produce unscripted programming with a focus on formats to be coproduced with Optomen in the US as well as internationally. MacLetchie and her team will be based out […]

Endemol Shine unleashes Boomdog unit

Endemol Shine North America (ESNA)’s Latin arm is forming a Spanish-language studio with Mexican producer Boomdog. ESNA-owned Endemol Shine Latino (ESL) and Boomdog have created Endemol Shine Boomdog (ESB), which will focus on original scripted and unscripted programming for US Hispanic and Mexican TV channels and services. Boomdog chief executive Alejandro Rincon will be CEO […]

Crackle chief upped to Sony networks digital boss

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has promoted the boss of its on-demand service, Crackle, to executive VP and chief digital officer. Eric Berger will remain general manager of OTT service Crackle, but also now oversees worldwide digital strategy across all Sony channels. The long-serving exec has been with Sony since 2006 and Crackle since 2008, […]

Ex-Turner & Amblin chief to lead Epix

Former Turner and Amblin Partners chief Michael Wright has joined MGM’s US premium pay TV channel Epix as president. Wright (pictured) recently exited his role as CEO of Amblin Partners, the programming and film business Steven Spielberg launched with Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One. He is taking over Epix as it settles into […]

ABC Oz restructures TV & radio divisions

Australian pubcaster the ABC has restructured, with David Anderson (pictured) taking control of a new entertainment and specialist unit that covers both TV and radio. Anderson, who replaced Richard Finlayson as director of television in a previous rejig earlier this year, will lead one of three verticals that all handle all content from the public […]

NBC vet Sanders departs for Universal TV

NBC’s executive vice president of current programming, Vernon Sanders, is leaving the role to become a producer with NBC’s sister company, Universal Television. Sanders has signed an exclusive overall producing deal with Universal TV. He will now work on the anthology series Amazing Stories, one of the first dramas commissioned by Apple and produced by Universal TV […]

Blue Ant builds out global division with hires

Canada-based international producer and distributor Blue Ant Media has appointed Aser Group’s Beatrice Lee (pictured) and National Geogarphic’s Carlyn Staudt for its newly launched kids and global division. The hires come as Blue Ant rapidly expands internationally after buying David Haslingden’s Racat Group. Lee has been appointed to the newly created role as CEO for […]

Viaplay chief exits as MTG rejig continues

Ira Gladnikoff, head of Viaplay, is leaving Scandinavia-based broadcaster MTG as the company continues to restructure its Nordic entertainment business. Gladnikoff will exit to “take on new challenges outside MTG” after less than six months in the role, with a number of other executives taking on new responsibilities. Yesterday, TBI reported on a number of […]

BBC shows on hold after Westwick accusations

BBC series White Gold and Ordeal by Innocence are currently on pause as star and Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick attempts to handle accusations of sexual harassment. Actors Kritsina Cohen and Aurelie Wynn accused Westwick of rape last week. As a result Westwick, who denies the accusations, has paused filming on the second season of BBC Two […]

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