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Hulu hires first in-house head of casting

Hulu has hired its first in-house head of casting, Barbara Fiorentino, as it continues to build its original programming. Fiorentino, who has owned her casting company since 1999, has been hired as head of talent and casting and will report to VP of originals Beatrice Springborn. The exec will bring with her associate, Terese Classen, […]

Dramacorp hires Nice Drama creative director

Stockholm-based scripted producer Dramacorp has hired Nice Drama creative director and EP Henrik Jansson-Schweizer (pictured, right). Jansson-Schweizer, who co-founded Nice Drama with Nebout (pictured, left) in 2009, joins the Swedish business – which was then founded by Nebout in 2016 – in the role of creative director and executive producer. His credits include SVT Sweden’s […]

Diederick Santer to step down as Kudos CEO

Diederick Santer is to step down from his role as CEO at Endemol Shine prodco Kudos, after four years at the helm. Santer will be succeeded by Karen Wilson and Martin Haines, who will step up as joint managing directors. Wilson is currently chief creative officer and has been with the company since 2001, producing […]

NBC bolsters scripted team, hires Warner exec

NBC has promoted two scripted executives and hired Warner’s Lisa Roos as SVP of drama development. Roos was formerly VP of scripted programming at Warner Horizon Television, where she oversaw the development of content for basic cable networks such as FX, TNT, Cinemax, USA, Syfy, Freeform, MTV, Lifetime, NatGeo and CMT. She joins Deepak Jesrani […]

K7 Media hires head of strategy

International consultancy K7 Media has hired former Modern Times Group exec Girts Licis as head of strategy.  The exec will provide strategic business analysis to K7 Media’s roster of international clients as well as oversee the business’s insights initiative.  Licis began his career in Latvian TV and later established and ran his own production company, […]

Faith Penhale takes control of Les Mis producer Lookout Point

Simon Vaughan has stepped down as joint-CEO of Les Miserables producer Lookout Point, leaving Faith Penhale to take control of the business.  Vaughan is exiting his role as chairman and joint-CEO of the BBC Studios-owned prodco after 10 years.  Penhale, who previously served as creative director and joint-CEO, will be the sole head of the business.   Founded […]

CBC appoints exec director for scripted

CBC has appointed former Temple Street exec Trish Williams as executive director of scripted content.  Reporting into Sally Catto, GM of programming for the Canadian public broadcaster, Williams is to oversee the public broadcaster’s drama, comedy and film teams across all broadcast and streaming original long-form programming.  Williams, who joins CBC this week, most recently served […]

HBO rejigs drama team as Game of Thrones exec exits

HBO drama co-head David Levine has departed the cable channel after 10 years, leaving fellow EVP Francesca Orsi to run the department. Levine, who oversaw such series as Westworld, True Detective and Game of Thrones, is to return to producing. The exec recently oversaw development on The Outsider, The Nevers, Demimonde and the Game of Thrones […]

Darren Childs to step down as UKTV CEO

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

Exclusive: UKTV’s Rumani takes over as head of content funding

UKTV has promoted Hassan Rumani to head of content funding following the departure of Ronan Hand. Rumani, who joined UKTV from the BBC in January 2018 as senior commercial manager, is to oversee distribution and co-production for the business, TBI has learned. He takes over from Hand, who departed the business after an eight-month stint. […]