Rosemary Newell

ITV programme strategy chief exiting

David Bergg, head of programme strategy at ITV is leaving the UK broadcaster. He will leave in early 2017 and be replaced by Rosemary Newell, ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions. Industry veteran Bergg has worked at different ITV franchise companies in the 1980s before going on to work for UK pubcaster the BBC […]

ITV2 orders time-travel comedy

UK digital terrestrial channel ITV2 has ordered a 6x30mins comedy in which south London jazz musicians travel back in time to the 1920s. Timewasters comes from Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Cockroaches), who also stars as one of four struggling jazz musicians who become stuck in the past after travelling back through “a urine-sodden lift in a […]

Shake-up as Lygo unveils ITV’s new team

ITV has unveiled a raft of new senior programming executives in a widespread shake-up that sees new director of television Kevin Lygo (pictured) stamp his mark on the commercial broadcaster. The UK broadcaster has recruited BBC drama chief Polly Hill to run its scripted output, as part of a wider shake-up of the programming team […]

Discovery poaches digital boss from DirecTV

Discovery Communications has hired Karen Leever as its new executive VP, digital media. She joins the non-fiction channels giant from US pay TV platform DirecTV. At Discovery she will oversee Discovery’s digital operations including the Discovery Digital Networks portfolio and the Discovery VR virtual reality product. She will also take the lead on the design […]

Discovery names Kaplan int’l content president

Discovery Communications veteran Marjorie Kaplan has been named president of content Discovery Networks International. The newly created role will see Kaplan relocate from New York to London, starting this October. She has been with Discovery for more than 20 years, and is noted as for having launched Discovery Kids, running Animal Planet and, more recently, […]