Ronan Hand


Drive gets down with ‘Downton Abbey’ special

Ben Barrett and Lilla Hurst’s Drive has picked up a Downton Abbey special for international distribution. The Peninsula Television-produced special, Return To Downton Abbey (1 x 60 minutes), goes behind the scenes on the forthcoming film as well as the series, which ran from 2010 to 2015. The Drive-distributed special is the international version of […]

Asylum hires ITVSGE, UKTV alum Ronan Hand for UK office

Asylum Entertainment Group (AEG) has appointed former ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) exec Ronan Hand to head up its newly launched UK office in London. Hand becomes senior VP of global content and is in charge of presenting IP from within the AEG family of companies to the international marketplace. He will also lead AEG’s […]

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. […]

UKTV secures helping Hand for content financing

UKTV has appointed Ronan Hand to the new position of director of programme funding. The role, which sits within UKTV’s Commercial team, is designed to help the broadcaster realise its ambitions in IP ownership and original commissions. Hand joins from ITV Studios where he is SVP global content, non-scripted and co-productions. Reporting to chief commercial […]

Meldal-Johnson to run global content at ITV Studios

Julie Meldal-Johnsen has been appointed director of global content and will oversee acquisitions and coproduction at ITV’s worldwide programming arm. The role opened after Ruth Berry (nee Clarke) was upped to managing director ITVS GE earlier this year. Meldal-Johnson joins ITV Studios Global Entertainment from ITV Studios America, ITV’s US drama division, where she was […]

Authentically survival

Survival shows are nothing new, but the last few years have seen the genre go into overdrive, with titles like Naked And Afraid, Alone, Running Wild, Hunted and The Island proving real-life endurance tests are popular around the world, reports Andy Fry. Ask TV executives why survival shows are proliferating and they will tell you […]

ITVS to take first-look at World Media Rights

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has scored first-look rights to programming from UK indie World Media Rights. ITVSGE, UK broadcaster ITV’s international sales arm, has picked up more than 40 hours of factual series as part of the multi-year agreement. These include Real Story of…, a 6x60mins Reelz series about the stories behind recent Oscar-nominated movies; […]

ITV to sell Discovery’s Animal Black Ops

ITV Studios has taken international rights to Animal Black Ops, the spin-off of the successful Black Ops factual series, which has just been ordered by Discovery in the US. The core Black Ops (pictured), which hails from UK independent prodco World Media Rights, series goes out on Discovery’s American Heroes channel. The new ten-part offshoot […]