The Undateables


Discovery moves factual exec to Betty

Discovery Networks International’s VP of production and development for factual, Helen Hawken, has moved across to subsidiary prodco Betty. Hawken has been appointed director of programmes at the UK-based producer, which Discovery acquired in 2011. This comes after Duncan Coates exited the role to join Seven Network-backed producer 7 Wonder as its first creative director. […]

Betty hires Optomen development chief

Discovery Communications-owned indie Betty has hired Optomen Television’s head of development. Damian Pitman will take the same post at the Bear Grylls: Mission Survive producer, where he will work closely with managing director Neil Smith. At Optomen, he helped develop the upcoming primetime series The Miracle for ITV and Employ Me for BBC Two. In […]

Betty founder leaving after 14 years

Liz Warner is leaving Discovery Communications-owned producer Betty 14 years after she founded the business. She exits in April and her CEO position will not be replaced, with senior management now reporting into creative director Neil Smith. A director of programmes will additionally be hired. Four years ago, Warner sold Betty to Discovery in what […]

M6 takes UK’s Undateables to France

French network M6 has ordered a local version of UK documentary format The Undateables. Pernel Media will produce the French version, Mon Partenaire Particulier. The show will run in primetime with an unspecified number of 70-minute episodes. Discovery Communications-owned prodco Betty originally created the format, which runs on Channel 4 in the UK. The producer […]

MIPTV News: Discovery secures Bear Grylls survival series in Betty deal

Discovery Enterprises International has secured distribution rights to UK prodco Betty’s programming slate and will head to MIPTV with new titles including Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivor. DEI, Discovery Communications’ global programming arm, will be selling Betty’s content for the first time in Cannes. This comes after Discovery acquired Betty (The Joy of Teen Sex, Freaky […]