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BBC hires commissioner for int’l Earth channel

BBC Worldwide has recruited Kirsty Hanson as commissioning executive for its international factual channel BBC Earth. Hanson joins from Warner Bros Television Production UK.-owned UK prodco Twenty Twenty where her exec producer credits include The Restaurant Man for BBC Two. At Worldwide, she will report to commissioning vice president Julie Swanston. Hanson will develop and […]

Electric Ray poaches Endemol’s Parry

Sony-backed UK prodco Electric Ray has brought Endemol entertainment executive Shaun Parry into its fold. Parry will take up the new post of creative director, overseeing Electric Ray’s entertainment programming slate as well as its development unit, which creates formats for the international market. He takes up the post in March and will report to […]

Warner Bros. merges UK prodcos

Warner Bros. has merged its UK prodco Watershed TV with its larger counterpart Twenty Twenty. Under the new structure, Watershed will retain its branding but operate within Twenty Twenty. Both are part of Warner Bros. Television Production UK. Mark Rubens will continue as managing director of Watershed and will join the senior creative team at Twenty […]

Chambers joins Warner at Sony-backed Electric Ray

Meredith Chambers has joined Karl Warner at newly-formed UK production company Electric Ray. Chambers will become managing director at the producer, alongside Warner who formed the company with backing from Sony Pictures Television in January. Chambers will focus on producing factual content while Warner will focus on its entertainment output. The producer has yet to […]

Company Pics execs to head new look Shed drama unit

Company Pictures executives John Griffith and Johann Knobel are to head a new Shed Media scripted division, Headstrong Pictures. Griffith, executive producer on shows such as Skins and The White Queen, will be managing director, while Secret State producer Knobel will be creative director at the Warner Bros. International Television Production-owned company. UK production powerhouse […]

Sky Living announces new pilots in drama drive

Sky Living HD has ordered two new pilots and announced big name cast additions for previously announced projects as part of an ongoing push into original drama. The pair of new offerings from the UK pay TV network, which is part of BSkyB’s channel portfolio, are Lawless and The Psychopath Next Door (pictured). Lawless will […]

Healey to run Warner Bros.’ Shed Media U.S.

Warner Bros.-owned Shed Media has hired Pamela Healey as general manager of its US operation. Meanwhile, Shed’s current US boss, Nick Emmerson, will relocate to the UK to run Ricochet Television, the producer that is part of the Shed group. Ricochet Television founder and current CEO Nick Powell will become the company’s chief creative officer. […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]