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Sharon Horgan’s Merman hires Fremantle production head

Merman, the production company founded by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, has appointed FremantleMedia UK’s Rebecca Parkinson (pictured) as its head of production. Parkinson joins Merman from Fremantle’s scripted comedy label Retort and will oversee the production of all Merman projects in the newly created role. She will work closely with Mountford. The appointment […]

Endemol Shine brings in Fox’s legal exec

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) is growing its legal team with the hire of Fox’s James Ward to the newly-created role of deputy general counsel. Based at the Endemol Shine’s Amsterdam headquarters, and reporting to general counsel Emma Moloney, Ward will oversee the existing team of senior counsels from April. Ward joins from 21st Century Fox, […]

Series Mania launches Writers Campus for new drama talent

Series Mania’s European Project and Talent Forum has launched Writers Campus, a week-long intensive writing workshop for 20 emerging TV drama writers throughout Europe. Under the editorial supervision of Lorraine Sullivan, Series Mania Writers Campus, in partnership with Paris College of Art (France) and Emerson College (USA), will run for one week, April 27 to […]

BBCWW’s content chief Helen Jackson set for departure

The newly formed BBC Studios has revealed today that its BBC Worldwide content chief, Helen Jackson, will depart after 31 years, as it revealed a host of executive appointments for the newly merged business. Jackson, who led the BBC’s acquisition of a range of successful production companies, will remain at BBC Studios throughout 2018 and […]

Sony launches UK non-scripted label Human

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has launched Human, a new non-scripted label in the UK that will be led by well-known producer/director Alan Brown. Human will look to create high end international content based around SPT’s existing intellectual property and that of the wider Sony family. It will also develop its own proprietary factual entertainment formats. […]

Fremantle APAC boss Ian Hogg exits

Ian Hogg, the CEO of FremantleMedia Australia and Asia Pacific has announced plans to depart from the company after ten years at the helm. Hogg will leave the business at the end of the month. The company said “a successor will be announced in due course.” He has been responsible for the overall management and business performance […]

FilmRise moves to production, hires Waco’s Wolynetz

FilmRise has hired Waco (pictured), and Breaking Bad producer Vlad Wolynetz to head their newly launched television production division. FilmRise previously distributed films and classic TV shows such as Roseanne, 3rd Rock From the Sun and A Different World. Wolynetz, who previously served as vice president of production, series and movies at AMC, will work alongside CEO Danny […]

Boat Rocker reshuffles divisions as Melanson exits

Boat Rocker Studios will see changes within Radical Sheep, its kids’ division, and Crooked Horse, its factual production house, after the departure of Michelle Melanson. Melanson, who acted as vice president for Radical Sheep, will be replaced by Shaleen Sangha (pictured), previously the division’s senior director. Melanson has departed “to pursue other opportunities”. Sangha will assume […]

STX president Sophie Watts steps down

STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts is set to step down from the company “to focus on new business opportunities”, according to the company. All divisions previously reporting to Watts will now report directly to CEO Bob Simonds or COO Thomas B. McGrath. Watts directly oversaw STX’s digital, VR and unscripted TV studios and was instrumental […]

Tinopolis start-up hires Price in first producer role

Tinopolis start-up Thunderclap Media has hired its first executive producer, former Endemol Shine creative director Susy Price. Thunderclap was launched under the Tinopolis banner in October 2017, and is headed by managing director Claire Zolkwer (pictured), a former ITV commissioning editor for comedy and entertainment. Price is joining the company to begin the delivery of […]

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