The European arm of the US cable giant has brought on Johnathan Young, who has a long list of executive producing credits at TalkBackThames (subsequently split up by FremantleMedia UK), and UK pubcaster the BBC. These include 80 episodes of medical drama Casualty and almost 100 of spin-off its series Holby City.
HBO Europe programming chief Root also confirmed production is underway on a new eight-part Hungarian crime drama, Easy Living (original version pictured).
Young also exec produced long running UK police series The Bill for several years and was a commissioner at UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4. He joined HBO Europe around the same time as Steve Matthews, the producer of The Borgias, who came on board late last year, and both are now working on the channel operator’s new dramas in Europe.
“Johnathan Young joined as an executive producer to support our production teams in the field,” Root, HBO Europe executive VP, programming and production, told TBI. “He is initially working with them on The Pact [the local title for Mammon] in Poland and Mammon in the Czech Republic both of which are six-part series and currently shooting.”
He added: “Johnathan brings a wealth of experience as a series producer and executive producer and former drama commissioning editor at Channel 4.”
HBO Europe’s growing slate of originals includes Umbre, a Romanian adaptation of Australian comedy drama Small Time Gangster and Polish series Wataha (The Pack).
Root added that as the volume of original output continues to grow, the new enlarged team is supporting these production efforts on-the-ground in Central and Eastern Europe.
The programming team also includes Wayne Henry, who is vice president, original programming and production. He will work on the Hungarian adaptation of Easy Living.
“Wayne Henry continues as an executive producer headquartered in Budapest where, along with Steve Matthews, he is executive producing our new eight-part drama series Easy Living,” Root said.
The crime drama originated in Finland and ran to three seasons on commercial channel MTV3. It follows a family man on the edge who is forced to commit crime to pay his debts and earn a living.
It was produced by Moskito, one of the prodcos now part of MTG-owned Nice Entertainment. MTG’s content distribution business DRG sells the show and struck the format deal with HBO Europe.