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FremantleMedia poaches former BBC exec for US programming role

HANCOCK-SeanThe US division of FremantleMedia has recruited former BBC Entertainment exec Sean Hancock as its new VP, alternative programming.

At FremantleMedia North America Hancock will develop and produce reality competition, gameshow and other unscripted content, reporting to the company’s recently appointed executive VP of alternative programming, Toby Gorman.

As commissioning editor at the BBC, Hancock greenlit and/or produced shows including Russell Howard’s Good News and The Michael McIntyre Chat Show.

He joins FremantleMedia at end of April. He said: “I’ve loved and valued my time at the BBC but couldn’t turn down this exciting opportunity to work in the American television market.”

FremantleMedia North America CEO Thom Beers added: “Sean’s keen eye for concepts that resonate with audiences along with his diverse experience in developing and producing reality, game shows amongst other programming, will make him a brilliant addition to our team.”