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Sky’s Cameron Roach writes to Theresa Wise
Jack Bayles appointed commissioning editor
Jason Simms leaves US network after 13 years
Fat Friends and The Syndicate creator Kay Mellor is looking to grow indie Rollem Productions by working with a raft of new writers.
Appointment of ‘risk-taking’ McDermott welcomed
Indie’s early priorities outlined
Princess Productions managing director Emma Hardy is to leave The Wright Stuff indie after 20 years.
Film 4 digital chief Catherine Bray has been hired as editor of Channel 4’s short-form arts strand Random Acts.
Amazon has hired Fremantle Media International executive Georgia Brown as director of original TV for Europe as its originations push accelerates, Broadcast has learned.
YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg have appointed a development executive to generate a slate of programmes for their fledgling production business.
Channel 4’s comedy commissioning team is set for a major shake-up, Broadcast can reveal.
Russell Brand has left his manager John Noel after 15 years to move to Hannah Chambers Management.
Clare Hungate and Nick Emmerson are leaving Warner Bros Television Production UK after two years in charge of the super-indie.
Stephen Lambert, Alan Hayling and Leanne Klein will discuss shows changing broadcasters and indie / channel relations at the Broadcast Indie Summit next month.
The Crown creator Peter Morgan has lifted the lid on the challenges of writing and producing the big-budget Netflix drama and admitted that casting changes for series three are being considered.
ITV factual controller Jo Clinton-Davis and Sky factual commissioner Siobhan Mulholland are among the new appointments to the Sheffield Doc/Fest board.
Aardman Animations, the studio behind Shaun The Sheep and Wallace And Gromit, has hired industry veteran Sarah Cox as executive creative director.
BBC director of content Charlotte Moore and deputy director general Anne Bulford have received 10% pay rises after their remits were expanded in July.
Mad Men producer Lionsgate is looking to remake feature films such as Brooklyn and Bend It Like Beckham as British TV series following the appointment of former ITV drama chief Steve November.
BBC Worldwide has hired Tricked creator Sumi Connock as creative director of formats.
Sony Pictures Television president of international production Andrea Wong is to leave the Left Bank-owner after six years.
New hires for A+E Networks and Somethin’ Else as Sky expands its online video offering.
Lookout Point has bolstered its creative team with the appointment of Apple Tree Yard producer Chris Carey.
BBC Studios’ Jeff Anderson has joined Channel 5’s revamped in-house production arm Elephant House Studios as director of factual.
Sophie Taitt, head of production at BBC Comedy, has relocated to Los Angeles to work for Netflix.
Jane Lingham has been named BBC marketing and audiences director for brand, media and planning, completing a restructure of the wider marketing and audiences department.
ITV Studios digital entertainment chief Athena Witter has joined The Box Plus Network to strengthen its original content offering.
Safe House indie Eleventh Hour and Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s House Producitons have each made senior hires.
ITV is eyeing “marmite” daytime formats that can move into primetime, while the BBC is searching for diverse, live series that appeal to the whole country, as both broadcasters freshen up their daytime schedules.
Fremantle Media UK (FMUK) has handed Liam Humphreys control of its non-scripted indie portfolio, and will ask its labels to work together more closely under his leadership.
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise is to step down as managing director of Tiger Aspect after 12 years with the company, and will be replaced by Ben Cavey and Will Gould.
ITV Studios America has hired former Endemol Shine Studios exec Dwayne Shattuck as executive vice-president of production.
The BBC has promoted Charlotte Lock to the newly-created role of marketing and audiences director for content for radio and education.
James Corden has become an equity partner in Carpool Karaoke indie Fulwell 73.
Channel 5 factual commissioner Ninder Billing is leaving the broadcaster to return to production.
BBC Drama creative director Katie McAleese has joined Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions.
Twenty Twenty has appointed BBC documentaries commissioner Maxine Watson as director of programmes.
London Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands has been hired as editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Screenchannel Television has appointed former Channel 4 commissioning editor Katie Boyd as its first creative director.
Dancing Ledge Productions has awarded its second writer in residence bursary after receiving submissions from over 150 writers.
Channel 4’s Jay Hunt has called for big ideas with social awareness and stronger lifestyle programming, claiming the latter is “stuck in a rut” across British television.
Glasgow-based indie Firecrest Films has poached Mentorn execs Iain Scollay and Mark Roberts as joint creative directors following its investment from the C4 Growth Fund.
Donna Clark, former head of formats and features commissioning at the BBC, has joined Darlow Smithson Productions as joint managing director.
Line Of Duty commissioner Stephen Wright is to leave the BBC to join Alex Graham and Michael Jackson’s Two Cities indie.
The BBC has overhauled its specialist factual commissioning team - creating three roles dedicated to science, religion & ethics and history.
Sky non-scripted commissioner James Quinn is leaving the pay-TV broadcaster after two years.
Talent management company ROAR Group has acquired comedy agency Christian Knowles Productions (CKP), which represents acts including Micky Flanagan, Hal Cruttenden and Mark Watson.
The BBC has appointed executive producer Julia Bond as its first children’s commissioning executive for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
BBC specialist factual commissioner Rachel Morgan is to leave the corporation after 18 months.
Former Channel 4 drama chief Liza Marshall has set up Hera Productions after stepping down from Archery Pictures last year.
Paul Styles, one of the key architects of the independent production sector and founder of cable channel UK Living, has died aged 69.
Incoming BBC chairman Sir David Clementi stressed his political neutrality and claimed significant knowledge of BBC programming as he faced questions from MPs at a select committee hearing on Tuesday, 17 January.
Former NBC Universal non-scripted chief David Mortimer has joined Mentorn and Firecracker owner Tinopolis Group as director of content.
BBC News’ chief finance and operating officer has been appointed as director of content Charlotte Moore’s second-in-command.
Twitter’s former TV chief Dan Biddle is leaving the social media giant after more than four years.
Incoming BBC chair Sir David Clementi has put independence, impartiality and accuracy at the top of the agenda for the corporation as he prepares to lead its new unitary board.
ITV Studios label Shiver has hired former Ricochet creative director Mark Rubens as head of documentary formats.
Channel 4 commissioner Jilly Pearce is leaving the broadcaster to head up Objective’s US division.
Married At First Sight distributor Red Arrow International has promoted Harry Gamsu to the new role of vice president of non-scripted.
James Currell has been appointed UK head of Channel 5 and MTV owner Viacom after David Lynn landed the top international job.
Peep Show US producer Jimmy Fox has launched a production business which will form part of Objective Media Group America.
BBC News is to pour more resource into its fact-checking service to combat the rise of fake news.
Cineflix Media is partnering with former Handel Productions executive producer André Barro in a bid to boost international co-productions.
Channel 4 has appointed three commissioning editors to its factual department as it prepares for the long-term renewal of its existing factual slate.
Media, technology and brands law firm Wiggin has bolstered its film and TV practice with the appointment of Chris Hanson and Gráinne McKenna to partner level.
Broadcast magazine founder Rod Allen, who went on to become a successful LWT executive, died on Christmas Day aged 73.
Sir David Clementi’s appointment as BBC chair has been broadly welcomed by industry executives, with his in-depth knowledge of the corporation’s regulatory regime labelled a bonus.
David Lynn has been appointed chief executive of Viacom International Media Networks, following the promotion of Bob Bakish.
Plebs indie Rise Films has hired Betty executive Kate Morey as head of popular factual and 7 Wonder head of specialist factual Steve Condie as an executive producer as it bulks up its factual team.
The architect of the BBC’s new unitary board Sir David Clementi has been confirmed as the government’s preferred candidate to become the corporation’s chair from April.
ITV has kicked off a recruitment process to find a successor for Adam Crozier.
MTV and Comedy central boss Doug Herzog is stepping down after 27 years with Channel 5 owner Viacom.
CBBC has bolstered its scripted team with the appointment of Tiger Aspect exec Tim Searle and the promotion of Anna Davies to head of drama development.
Channel 4 has appointed its first chief data scientist to build behavioural data for both creative and commercial benefits.
Banijay Group formats chief Grant Ross is to step down in April after nearly three years with subsidiary Zodiak Media.
Pulse Films president Patrick Vien has joined A+E Networks as executive managing director for international alongside Edward Sabin, who has been promoted from managing director of Americas.
Princess Productions joint managing director Conor Baily is to leave the Endemol Shine-backed indie after 17 years.
Fresh One managing director Mark Sammon is to leave the company as it refocuses on producing Jamie Oliver-fronted programming.
Sir David Clementi has emerged as one of at least six candidates in the running to chair the BBC’s new unitary board from next April.
Dragonfly executive producer Emma Loach is to join the BBC documentaries team as a replacement for Clare Sillery who has been made head of the division.
Channel 4 documentaries commissioner Anna Miralis has joined Wall to Wall as its head of factual.
Detectorists’ commissioner Kristian Smith is leaving the BBC to join Argonon-owned indie Leopard.
Company Pictures chief executive Michele Buck is to add Bentley Productions to her remit following the departure of the managing director of the Midsomer Murders indie.
The potential merger between MTV and C5 owner Viacom and US network CBS has been scrapped and former international boss Bob Bakish has been promoted to chief executive on a full time basis.
Welsh indie Rondo Media has hired former Studio Lambert exec Siân Price to run its network-focused label Yeti Media.
BBC Wales has completed a management board restructure with the appointment of Sian Gwynedd and Richard Thomas to senior roles.
Discovery’s Helen Hawken is to replace Duncan Coates as Betty’s director of programmes.
BBC Worldwide has hired a digital marketing director from J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore business, while Channel 5 has tied with Google. Read on for more.
S4C’s chief executive officer Ian Jones will step down at the end of 2017 after six years at the Welsh broadcaster.
Bonnie Greer, Tessa Jowell and Joan Bakewell are among the 12 senior female arts figures who have demanded the government explain why it blocked the appointment of Althea Efunshile to Channel 4’s board.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has promoted Julie Meldal-Johnsen to director of global content.
Channel 4 has been left frustrated and disappointed by the government’s decision to block the appointment of BAME executive Althea Efunshile to its board, a move that has been labelled a “serious step back for diversity” by campaigners.
Endemol Shine UK chief executive Richard Johnston and Icon Films’ Laura Marshall are among five new members appointed to Pact Council.
Robot Wars executive producer Andrew Robertson has been promoted to Mentorn Media head of entertainment.
The BBC is seeking six aspiring commissioners from under-represented backgrounds to apply for a 24-month Commissioning Development Programme.
A shake-up at ITV-owned Duck Dynasty indie Gurney Productions has seen founders Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney placed on a temporary leave of absence.
The “high calibre” BAME candidate blocked by the government from joining the Channel 4 board has been revealed as former deputy chief of Arts Council England Althea Efunshile.
Warner Bros Television Production UK has snared ITV executive Alexia Edwards as group commercial director.
Former Channel 5 kids boss Jessica Symons has launched an independent production company, Ivy House Productions.
Sky commissioning editor Richard Ackerman is leaving the broadcaster after two years.