Sammy Nourmand


INTV: Keshet Int’l buys BBC Worldwide out of Greenbird

Keshet International (KI) has acquired a majority stake in UK indies production group Greenbird Media. The deal buys BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) out of the business, and will see KI become the distributor of content from all of the 13 indies London-based Greenbird supports. These companies include Big Light Productions, Flicker Pictures, Kalel Productions and Top […]

Keshet buys German prodco Tresor

Keshet International has made its first company acquisition, buying German producer Tresor TV Produktions. The deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, marks “a new frontier” for Keshet Media Group’s international arm, according to KI CEO Alon Shtruzman. Best known as an unscripted producer of local versions of Top Model, DIY SOS and Popstars, Tresor will […]

Fox poaches Keshet exec in drama originals plan

Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa has poached Sara Johnson from Keshet UK as a first step in a plan to source and produce original programming at a regional level. Johnson (pictured) will be VP, scripted drama at the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcast group, which is based in London. She will report to FNG Europe […]

Keshet poaches BBC exec for unscripted

Keshet UK has poached David Williams from the BBC’s entertainment arm to become its first creative director, non-scripted. Williams will join the UK arm of Israel’s Keshet International in July after four years as creative director of BBC Entertainment North. He was also a commissioning editor for entertainment at Channel 4, where he greenlit Made […]

Keshet UK brings in ITV Studios’ Shalgosky

Keshet Productions UK has hired Simon Shalgosky from ITV Studios-owned producer Shiver. Shalgosky will be head of development, non-scripted at the Keshet International-owned company. He joins from Shiver, which yesterday drafted in Sion Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillips, where he was head of development. Shalgosky counts shows such as Britain’s Best Dish and Come Date with Me on his […]

Atlantique, Keshet UK pour resource into Crater Lake

French drama producer Atlantique Productions and the UK arm of Israel’s Keshet International are co-developing an 8x52mins drama. Crater Lake is being billed as “a life-affirming, character-driven show about death” from author and MICE/Gordin Cell creator Ron Leshem. Gordin Cell is being adapted in the US for broadcast network NBC as Allegiance, which picked up […]

Keshet hires former DCD exec as COO

The UK division of Keshet has recruited Sammy Nourmand as its chief operating officer. Nourmand, who was CEO of UK producer and distributior DCD Media until late 2012, will be COO of Keshet UK, the Israeli media company’s London-based division. Nourmand will report to Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International, and take responsibility for Keshet […]

DCD cuts losses post Timeweave takeover

UK producer-distributor DCD Media has significantly cut its losses following a surprise takeover last year, but has seen revenues drop by £3.3 million (US$5 million). The firm made an operating loss of £1.9 million for the 12 months to December 31, 2012, compared with £5.7 million the previous year. However, revenues fell 17% to £16.1 […]