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Natalie Dormer to produce and develop Vivien Leigh drama

Picnic at Hanging Rock’s Natalie Dormer is teaming with UK prodco Mainstreet Pictures and Fremantlemedia to produce and develop a drama based on the life of British actress Vivien Leigh. The story will follow the highs and lows of the iconic actress who gave audiences a glimpse of the complex and tortured mind of a […]

Bruce Rosenblum exits as Disney-ABC TV operations head

Bruce Rosenblum, the Disney-ABC Television Group president of business operations, is to depart the company after two years in the role. Rosenblum will depart from his role in May. He will also step down from his seat of the Hulu board. In his role with Disney, Rosenblum most recently took operational overview of a new […]

Endemol Shine Germany appoints Turtle’s Kastner as CEO

Turtle Entertainment’s Magnus Kastner has been appointed as chief executive officer for Endemol Shine Germany. Kastner joins the company next month and will report to Boudewijn Beusmans, chairman of Northern Europe at Endemol Shine. The company will continue to be led in the interim by Rainer Laux, director of reality and documentary, Ute Marz, CFO, […]

‘New Fox’ names exec team with Lachlan taking the helm

Twenty-first Century Fox (21CF) has named Lachlan Murdoch (pictured) as the executive chairman and chief executive officer for the proposed ‘New Fox’, which will be established as Disney purchases Fox assets in the coming year. The new structure will also see Rupert Murdoch serving as co-chairman and John Nallen, 21CF’s chief financial officer, taking a […]

Fremantle NA rejigs unscripted team

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has expanded its unscripted leadership team, as it brings in MTV’s Colin Nash (pictured) as senior vice president of programming and development. The move sees FMNA promote company veteran Joni Day (pictured below) to SVP of alternative programming and development. It has also hired Jean Shi as vice president of alternative […]

FX signs first-look deal with Atlanta director

FX Productions has signed a first-look deal with Atlanta director and exec producer Hiro Murai. Under the agreement, Murai will develop new television projects for FX Networks and other outlets. This season, Murai directed seven episodes of the current Atlanta season, including the critically acclaimed Teddy Perkins episode. He us a regular collaborator with Atlanta […]

NBCUniversal’s Alfano switches to Universal TV

NBCUniversal exec JoAnn Alfano, former producer of 30 Rock, is joining NBC’s Universal Television as executive vice president of current series and new business development. Alfano will report to Universal TV president Pearlana Igbokwe. In her new position, Alfano will oversee and manage all aspects of Universal TV’s current series department and will also help […]

CBS Studios Int’l inks first-look deal with Hostages producer

CBS Studios International has inked a multi-year, first-look, deal with Hostages producer Alon Aranya (pictured) and his company Paper Plane Productions. The deal will include identifying, developing and producing premium international programming across a wide spectrum of genres for the global marketplace. Aranya experience setting up scripted shows for US studios and networks that are developed from […]

ITV America launches crime prodco & hires Entertainment EVP

ITV America has launched a new development and production division, Good Caper Content, devoted to crime and investigative programming, as it names Alex Dundas its new executive vice president for ITV Entertainment. Veteran TV executive Kathryn Vaughan (pictured) will become president of Good Caper and report to ITV America chief creative officer, David Eilenberg. Vaughan, […]

MarVista hires Playster exec as distribution director

MarVista Entertainment has hired Playster’s content acquisitions executive Michol Hatwan as its new director of distribution, as it expands its business across distribution and marketing. Hatwan will be responsible for sales in the US and Canada and report to Jody CiPriano, head of global distribution at MarVista. At Playster, the all-in-one entertainment subscription service, Hatwan […]