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Netflix exec overseeing India to depart

Another Netflix exec overseeing Indian content is to depart the streaming giant. The Los Angeles-based Simran Sethi, who was a director of international originals and one of Netflix’s top creative execs for the Indian market, has stepped down from the business and will leave following a transition period. Her exit comes weeks after the departure […]

Ulla Streib joins Tin Roof’s Blink and Outline

Indie investment group Tin Roof Media has hired Ulla Streib in the new role of director of operations to work with its production companies Blink Films and Outline Productions. An experienced indie executive, Streib joins from Talesmith, the history producer responsible for BBC Two’s The Real T.rex with Chris Packham. She has also recently worked […]

BBC Studios hires Naomi Carter from Tinopolis

BBC Studios Productions has appointed Naomi Carter to the newly created role of director of production for its Factual Entertainment & Events division, home to shows like Top Gear and DIY SOS. Carter joins BBC Studios Productions from Tinopolis where she was chief operating officer, leading the Tinopolis Factual Group of companies from a business, […]

Freesat hires head of product

Free-to-air satellite TV provider Freesat has hired David Thomas as head of product. Thomas joins Freesat from fintech start-up Novastone Media, where he was also head of product, overseeing the strategic vision and development of a web, iOS and Android app; as well as integrations with external public IM channels such as WhatsApp, WeChat and […]

‘Les Mis’ producer Chris Carey boards Dancing Ledge

Les Misérables producer Chris Carey has joined Fremantle-backed Dancing Ledge Productions.  The exec, who most recently served as an EP for BBC Studios-owned Lookout Point, is to serve as executive producer for The New Pope prodco as it expands its drama slate. Carey — who recently took part in TBI’s inaugural One-to-One session with Sky exec Jane […]

NBC exec to lead unscripted at Matchbox Pictures

NBC exec Dan Munday has been named head of unscripted at Australian prodco Matchbox Pictures. The exec, who has more than 20 years’ experience both in the US and Australia, is to join the NBCUniversal International Studios-backed firm in June, based out of Sydney. He will oversee the creation, development and management of all Matchbox […]

Shaftesbury grows creative team with Temple Street producer

Frankie Drake Mysteries producer Shaftesbury has appointed Lesley Grant as creative producer.  She will be responsible for expanding the business’s creative slate, reporting into Julie Lacey, VP of creative development. Grant began her career as an editor at Random House Canada until 1999, when she joined CTV as a drama development exec. She has held similar […]

BBC Studios, Lionsgate hire former DreamWorks exec to head US partnership

BBC Studios and Lionsgate have appointed former Fox and DreamWorks exec Dan McDermott as the head of scripted TV of its US-focused partnership.  Set up in October 2018, the venture was formed to identify, co-develop and co-fund scripted formats and original IP for the US market. In his newly created role, McDermott will oversee operations […]

Hat Trick exec boards Beano Studios

Hat Trick Productions exec Mark Talbot has joined Beano Studios as chief creative officer. In the new role, he will head up the business’s long-form content development and production studio. As chief creative officer, Talbot will oversee Beano Studios’ expansion into scripted live-action comedy and drama for teens and young adults. The expansion will build […]

Imagine Entertainment hires Netflix exec to drive global expansion

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment has hired a top Netflix exec to lead its global expansion. Swati Shetty is to serve as EVP of international content for the business, whose recent TV credits include Genius: Picasso, Empire and feature doc Pavarotti. She most recently served as director of international originals and acquisitions at Netflix, […]