‘Top Chef’ producer Magical Elves hires Batterie Pictures founder

Magical Elves, the Tinopolis-owned firm behind Bravo’s Top Chef and Netflix’s Nailed It!, has hired Batterie Pictures founder Noah Livingston as SVP of development. He will join the team developing competition formats across multiple genres, docuseries, and premium documentaries, reporting to EVP of development, Dan Goldsack, who joined the firm in April last year, and […]

Mentorn Media hires Channel 4 commissioning editor to head factual

Mentorn Media has appointed Emily Jones as head of factual, replacing the outgoing Bernie Kay. Jones will develop the company’s factual productions, which most recently have included Children Of The Cult for Discovery+ as well as Secrets Of An ISIS Smartphone for the BBC. Jones was most recently commissioning editor for education & docs at […]

Exclusive: Tinopolis Group explores sale with US & European buyers circling

Tinopolis Group, the UK-based firm behind shows including NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, the BBC’s Question Time and sales outfit Passion Distribution, is for sale with US and European buyers circling, TBI understands. Companies across the US and Europe have been looking at acquiring the Wales-based production and distribution outfit, which owns 13 companies including Mentorn, […]

‘Top Chef’ firm Magical Elves hires Burning Bright’s factual chief

Magical Elves, the Tinopolis-owned firm behind Bravo’s Top Chef and Netflix’s Nailed It!, has hired Dan Goldsack as EVP of development. Goldsack will head up the development team, oversee all development across the company and report directly to co-CEOs Jo Sharon and Casey Kriley. He joins having been head of factual entertainment at Burning Bright, where […]

Hal Vogel & Ringside launch new firm Slate, as Daybreak co-founders exit

Daybreak Pictures co-founders David Aukin and Hal Vogel are leaving the Tinopolis-owned UK producer, with the latter launching a new company. Vogel’s Slate Entertainment will work on international scripted projects for both film and TV, and is being backed by Ringside Media, the investment arm of Ringside Studios. The latter was launched by ex-Channel 4 drama chief […]

Magical Elves sets out new leadership

Tinopolis-owned Nailed It! Producer Magical Elves has new leadership. The business has tapped long-time execs Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon as joint CEOs of the firm, whose slate includes Project Runway, Top Chef Jr. and Braxton Family Values. Kriley previously served as chief operating officer at the business, while Sharon was chief creative officer. The […]

Banijay exec replaces Arthur Smith as CEO of A. Smith & Co.

Tinopolis-owned American Ninja Warrior prodco A. Smith & Co. has appointed Banijay North America’s Caroline Baumgard as CEO, replacing long-time boss Arthur Smith. Smith, who currently serves as Tinopolis USA chairman and CEO of A. Smith & Co., will transition to chairman of the prodco, which he launched in 2000. However, he will still be actively […]

Passion’s Rees appointed COO of Tinopolis Factual

Nick Rees has been promoted to chief operating officer of factual and distribution at Welsh-based mega indie Tinopolis. Currently serving as managing director of Passion Distribution, Rees’ newly created role will see him handle all commercial aspects of the business, maximising the indies’ IP and enhancing collaboration between production and distribution across the group. Prior […]

Tinopolis taps Studio Ramsay’s creative chief

International TV production and distribution group Tinopolis has hired Studio Ramsay’s chief creative officer Chris Brogden as director of content. Brogden will report to Tinopolis CEO Arwel Rees and takes up the role this January. He will work with Tinopolis’ production companies in the UK and US to develop a transatlantic production strategy and maximise opportunities in […]

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