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TBI Weekly: new faces at Fremantle

FremantleMedia’s unscripted team in London will soon have a very different look, with Liam Humphreys making a raft of changes as Thames chief Richard Holloway exits. Humphreys, Fremantle UK’s CEO of unscripted (pictured), had decided to re-merge powerhouse production units Thames and Talkback, with Amelia Brown and Leon Wilson now running the united team. Execs […]

Silverlining hires ex-History UK exec as acquisitions head

UK factual company Silverlining has appointed Rachel Job, former director of programming for A+E Networks’ History and H2 channels, to the newly created role of director of acquisitions. Effective immediately, Job’s responsibilities will be based in London where she will source content for Silverlining’s distribution business and work alongside founder Bethan Corney to broker coproduction […]

Fremantle restructures unscripted division

FremantleMedia is reuniting Talkback and Thames as part of a wider restructure at its UK unscripted division. Comedy entertainment label Talkback and entertainment arm Thames will return to their old, united state as TalkbackThames. They were previously separated in 2011 after RTL Group-owned Fremantle merged them in 2003. The restructure comes days after Thames managing […]

A+E content chief joins Nat Geo

A+E Networks’ Christian Drobnyk has joined National Geographic Global Networks as executive VP of programming strategy and acquisitions. Drobnyk will focus on National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo, reporting to Nat Geo Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. He joins from Disney-backed channels group A+E, where he was senior VP of programming strategy, […]

Banijay hires Fremantle UK exec as content head

Banijay Group has appointed Fremantle UK’s head of development Lucas Green as head of content. Green, who was previously development head of Fremantle’s UK label Thames, will join Banijay Group in January 2018 in the newly created role. His exit from Fremantle UK comes as unscripted CEO Liam Humphreys implemented a wide-scale restructure that includes […]

Spielberg takes the reins at Amblin as Wright exits

Michael Wright has stepped down as CEO of Amblin Partners, as chairman Steven Spielberg takes on the role. Wright is set to become executive producer on two films at the company. Jeff Small remains president and co-CEO and Spielberg will oversee operations. Amblin serves audiences via both TV and film. President of production Holly Bario, […]

Ex-BBCWW North America president named Mitú CEO

Herb Scannell, ex-president of BBC Worldwide North America has been named the new CEO of Mitú, a digital media brand for Latino millennials. Scannell who was also formerly president of Nickelodeon and the CEO and co-founder of Next New Networks, will assume the position immediately and will be based at Mitú’s headquarters in LA. He […]

Pollak promoted at Electus

John Pollak has been promoted to the role of president of worldwide television and international at Electus. In his new role, Pollak will report to CEO Chris Grant, having served as president of Electus International since 2012. He will now oversee the global rollout of Electus’ scripted and unscripted content, including development, production and current […]

AMC’s Stillerman headed for Hulu

AMC Networks’ Joel Stillerman is joining streaming service Hulu as chief content officer. The new role will see the exec driving overall content strategy, overseeing acquisitions, expansion of the originals slate, development and content partner management teams. Current content chief Craig Erwich will remain as senior VP and head of content, focusing on original programming […]

Gurneys regain control of Duck Dynasty prodco

The battle for control of Duck Dynasty firm Gurney Productions has now seen a court order its founders take back control from ITV America – in a sense. Los Angeles Superior Court has ruled Scott and Deidre Gurney should be reinstated as day-to-day managers of Gurney until their dispute with ITV Studios is resolved. However, […]