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Viacom hires David Lynn successor


James Currell has been appointed UK head of Channel 5 and MTV owner Viacom after David Lynn landed the top international job.

  • Objective US opens indie


    Peep Show US producer Jimmy Fox has launched a production business which will form part of Objective Media Group America.

  • BBC wages war on fake news


    BBC News is to pour more resource into its fact-checking service to combat the rise of fake news.

  • Cineflix boosts co-pros with Andre Barro


    Cineflix Media is partnering with former Handel Productions executive producer André Barro in a bid to boost international co-productions.

  • Ralph Lee expands C4 factual team


    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 law firm Wiggin staffs up


    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 mourns founder


    Broadcast magazine founder Rod Allen, who went on to become a successful LWT executive, died on Christmas Day aged 73.

  • Industry backs governance shake-up at BBC


    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 lands VIMN top job


    David Lynn has been appointed chief executive of Viacom International Media Networks, following the promotion of Bob Bakish.

  • Rise bolsters factual team


    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.

  • David Clementi set to chair the BBC


    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 prepares for Adam Crozier exit


    ITV has kicked off a recruitment process to find a successor for Adam Crozier.

  • MTV boss to stand down in the US


    MTV and Comedy central boss Doug Herzog is stepping down after 27 years with Channel 5 owner Viacom.

  • Tiger Aspect exec joins CBBC


    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.

  • C4 hires first data science chief


    Channel 4 has appointed its first chief data scientist to build behavioural data for both creative and commercial benefits.

  • Banijay formats chief to step down


    Banijay Group formats chief Grant Ross is to step down in April after nearly three years with subsidiary Zodiak Media.  

  • Pulse president joins A+E


    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 joint MD to leave


    Princess Productions joint managing director Conor Baily is to leave the Endemol Shine-backed indie after 17 years.

  • Mark Sammon to leave Fresh One


    Fresh One managing director Mark Sammon is to leave the company as it refocuses on producing Jamie Oliver-fronted programming.

  • Clementi among candidates for BBC chair


    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 exec joins BBC docs team


    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.

  • Anna Miralis joins Wall to Wall


    Channel 4 documentaries commissioner Anna Miralis has joined Wall to Wall as its head of factual.

  • BBC commissioner heads to Leopard


    Detectorists’ commissioner Kristian Smith is leaving the BBC to join Argonon-owned indie Leopard.

  • Midsomer Murders indie boss departs


    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.

  • Bakish secures top Viacom job as CBS merger called off


    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.

  • Rondo Media hires Yeti boss


    Welsh indie Rondo Media has hired former Studio Lambert exec Siân Price to run its network-focused label Yeti Media.

  • BBC Wales completes management restructure


    BBC Wales has completed a management board restructure with the appointment of Sian Gwynedd and Richard Thomas to senior roles.

  • Betty hires director of programmes


    Discovery’s Helen Hawken is to replace Duncan Coates as Betty’s director of programmes.

  • In brief: Pottermore; Chromecast


    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 chief exec Ian Jones to step down


    S4C’s chief executive officer Ian Jones will step down at the end of 2017 after six years at the Welsh broadcaster.

  • Top arts figures demand C4 answers


    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.

  • ITVS GE appoints global content chief


    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has promoted Julie Meldal-Johnsen to director of global content.

  • C4 ‘frustrated’ by diversity row


    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.

  • Pact welcomes new council members


    Endemol Shine UK chief executive Richard Johnston and Icon Films’ Laura Marshall are among five new members appointed to Pact Council.

  • Mentorn promotes Robot Wars exec


    Robot Wars executive producer Andrew Robertson has been promoted to Mentorn Media head of entertainment.

  • BBC renews diverse commissioner push


    The BBC is seeking six aspiring commissioners from under-represented backgrounds to apply for a 24-month Commissioning Development Programme.

  • Duck Dynasty producers placed on temporary leave


    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.

  • Blocked BAME C4 appointment revealed


    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 snares ITV exec


    Warner Bros Television Production UK has snared ITV executive Alexia Edwards as group commercial director.

  • Ex-Milkshake boss launches indie


    Former Channel 5 kids boss Jessica Symons has launched an independent production company, Ivy House Productions.

  • Sky non-scripted commissioner exits


    Sky commissioning editor Richard Ackerman is leaving the broadcaster after two years.

  • BBC1 to shake up Saturday night with Tom Hardy drama


    BBC1 will ‘reinvent’ its approach to drama next year by carving out a new post-watershed slot for the genre on Saturday nights.

  • In brief: All3Media; High Noon


    All3Media has appointed a chief executive for its Dutch subsidiary IDTV, while Cake Boss producer High Noon has made a round of promotions.

  • Sun Military Awards producer to head CTVC


    Not-for-profit indie CTVC has hired the producer of ITV’s Sun Military Awards as its chief executive.

  • Holby exec to oversee BBC Studios continuing drama


    Holby City and Casualty executive producer Oliver Kent has been appointed to the new role of head of continuing drama in BBC Studios’ scripted division.

  • David Lammy 'shocked' by DCMS decision


    David Lammy has slammed culture secretary Karen Bradley’s decision to block the appointment of a BAME woman to the board of Channel 4 as “shocking” and called on the MP to “explain herself”.

  • Exit puts David Bergg in spotlight


    ITV scheduling chief David Bergg is finally in the spotlight as the broadcaster’s “prince of darkness” prepares to leave after 15 years.

  • Planet Earth II exec backs strong relationship with BBC


    Planet Earth II executive producer Mike Gunton has described the “magnetic pull” that the BBC exerts on the Natural History Unit, even as BBC Studios prepares for commercialisation.

  • Kevin Lygo puts fun at heart of ITV


    Kevin Lygo has placed fun and entertainment at the heart of his new-look ITV schedule and will use US-style entertainment chat show The Nightly Show to “extend the primetime feeling” of the channel.

  • TVF International brings in new bosses


    TVF International is restructuring its executive ranks as director of programming Alice Hamlett steps down after eight years with the distributor.

  • Keating leads C4 non-exec appointments


    Ofcom has appointed four non-executive directors including former BBC2 controller Roly Keating to the board of Channel 4.

  • BBC Wales appoints commissioning boss


    BBC Wales head of development Nick Andrews has been appointed head of commissioning across the regional division’s television, iPlayer and interactive platforms.

  • End of an era as ITV's David Bergg steps down


    ITV director of programme strategy David Bergg is to leave the broadcaster after 15 years, to be replaced by Rosemary Newell.

  • Obituary: Darryl Noad, lighting director


    Darryl Noad, award-winning lighting director, passed away on Friday 18th November after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 57.

  • CITV boss faces the axe


    ITV is restructuring kids channel CITV in a move that could see the departure of kids chief Jamila Metran.

  • BBC kicks off commissioner shake-up


    Commissioners across factual and comedy are set to lose their jobs as part of the latest stage of the BBC’s cost-cutting drive.

  • Wainwright awarded Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship


    Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright will develop stories exploring science and health

  • DCMS holds up Channel 4 appointments


    The DCMS is holding up the appointment of five Channel 4 non-executive directors recommended by Ofcom in what has been labelled an “unprecedented” move.

  • C5 rebrands in-house production arm


    Channel 5 is rebranding its in-house production arm 5Production and is searching for a factual boss as it broadens its remit across Viacom channels and international broadcasters.

  • Creative Skillset hunts aspiring series producers


    Creative Skillset is hunting for the next generation of series producers after launching its scheme for aspiring executives for the second year running.

  • Atlantic Productions expands exec ranks


    Conquest of the Skies indie Atlantic Productions has made a number of key promotions within its UK team.

  • Wall to Wall boosts drama division


    New Tricks producer Wall to Wall has made two new hires to boost its drama division.

  • Discovery hires VR exec


    Discovery Communications has tapped former virtual reality advisor Rebecca Howard as senior vice-president, emerging platforms and partnerships, with oversight of the company’s virtual reality offerings.

  • BBCW hires former ITVS GE sales boss


    BBC Worldwide has appointed former ITV Studios Global Entertainment sales director Andre Renaud as vice-president of sales for Italy and Iberia.

  • Claudia Rosencrantz leaves Jamie Oliver Group


    Claudia Rosencrantz is leaving Jamie Oliver Media Group after four years at the business.

  • NHU producer joins Plimsoll


    The series producer of Planet Earth II is to join Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll Productions as the business expands its highend wildlife output.

  • BBC4 to show more emotion


    BBC4 controller Cassian Harrison has revealed a corporation-wide drive to move away from the ‘Reithian mode’ of storytelling in favour of greater emotional engagement.

  • Zai Bennett named Sky supremo


    Sky has overhauled its content team, with Zai Bennett effectively taking over Stuart Murphy’s old role days after Phil Edgar-Jones replaced Celia Taylor as non-scripted boss.

  • 5 live producer to edit Question Time


    Mentorn Scotland has appointed Liam Hanley as Question Time editor following Nicolai Gentchev’s promotion.

  • Talkback appoints head of development


    QI indie Talkback has appointed Laura Gibson to the role of head of development.

  • Shillinglaw makes first Dragonfly hire


    Kim Shillinglaw has made her first hire as director of factual of Endemol Shine UK – bringing in Raw TV’s head of factual Richard Bond.

  • Abraham: clarity top of my Xmas list


    A decision about the future of Channel 4 is top of David Abraham’s “Christmas wish list”, as he claimed clarity was long overdue.

  • Whisper hires Top Gear director


    Channel 4-backed indie Whisper Films is expanding beyond sports after appointing former Top Gear director Jim Wiseman to launch a factual entertainment division.

  • Eleven ups executive ranks


    Foreign Bodies producer Eleven has bolstered its executive ranks with the appointments of NBC Universal’s Dan Cheesbrough and Sherlock Holmes producer Kate Murrell.

  • Toby Gorman joins A. Smith & Co


    Tinopolis Group-owned producer A. Smith & Co. has tapped FremantleMedia North America’s Toby Gorman to lead its entertainment division.

  • Claudia Lewis returns to the BBC


    Four Rooms producer Claudia Lewis has returned to the BBC to boost its in-house science division.

  • Firecracker sets up Scottish base


    Big Fat Gypsy Weddings indie Firecracker Films has set up a regional base in Glasgow.

  • Comedy commissioner departs Sky Video


    Sky comedy commissioner Ben Boyer has left the commercial broadcaster to return to the US.

  • Aaqil Ahmed to leave BBC Studios


    BBC Studios head of religion and ethics Aaqil Ahmed is to leave the corporation after a 20-year career as his department becomes part of the newly-formed Factual Scotland division.

  • Celia Taylor to leave Sky


    Sky head of non-scripted Celia Taylor is leaving the broadcaster after seven years.

  • Optomen formats boss joins BBC Studios


    BBC Studios has appointed Optomen TV development director Jon Swain to lead its newly-formed popular factual unit.

  • Sara Geater appointed Pact chair


    All3Media chief operating officer Sara Geater has been appointed chair of Pact in an uncontested election.

  • Fincham and Hincks forge partnership


    Former ITV director of television Peter Fincham and ex-Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks have jointly established a production business, following months of speculation that they will work together.

  • Reef TV managing director departs


    Reef Television managing director Paul Hanrahan is leaving the business after more than a decade, sparking a senior management restructure.

  • Kate Maddigan leaves ITV


    ITV entertainment commissioning editor Kate Maddigan has left the broadcaster after her role was made redundant as part of Brexit-related cost savings.

  • BBC plans analysis-led 'slow news'


    BBC News director James Harding wants to introduce “slow news” to balance what he sees as an “unrelenting” modern news cycle.

  • BBC stars slam radio tendering plans


    Andrew Marr, Jarvis Cocker and Kirsty Lang are among the BBC Radio talent to have urged the government to reconsider plans to put 60% of output out to tender.

  • BT Sport exec to head My5 channel


    BT Sport exec Chris Neilson has been hired as channel lead of Channel 5’s newly-launched My5 TV, a free-to-air channel based on its on-demand service.

  • David Brindley lands BBC factual role


    The BBC has hired Channel 4 factual commissioner David Brindley to head its renamed popular factual and factual entertainment department.

  • Steve November joins Lionsgate


    Former ITV drama chief Steve November has resurfaced at Mad Men producer Lionsgate’s UK TV division.

  • Morrison, Liddiment & Graham to back indie start-ups


    Steve Morrison, David Liddiment and the other All3Media co-founders have joined forces with Wall to Wall founder Alex Graham to become angel investors, backing the next generation of true indies.

  • Deputy editor to leave ITV News


    ITV News’ deputy editor and director of newsgathering Tim Singleton is to leave the broadcaster after 24 years.

  • Carnival hires head of development


    Kudos’ head of development Joanna Strevens is to join Downton Abbey indie Carnival Films in the same role. 

  • Whisper recruits C4 commissioning executive


    Channel 4 TV events and sport commissioning executive Andy Stevenson has joined sports indie Whisper Films as a development producer.

  • Scott Free London hires Origin exec as MD


    Scott Free London, the UK film and television division of Ridley Scott’s company, has poached Origin Pictures boss Ed Rubin to become managing director.

  • Bakish takes top job as Viacom merges int'l and US units


    MTV and Channel 5 owner Viacom has merged its international division with its US channel group and appointed Bob Bakish as acting president and chief executive.

  • Fox Networks Group promotes Fraser


    International distributor Fox Networks Group has promoted Prentiss Fraser to managing director of content distribution.

  • CDN appoints executive director


    British Film Institute diversity manager Deborah Williams has been appointed as executive director of Creative Diversity Network.

  • Bob Bakish tipped to become Viacom boss


    Viacom International Media Networks boss Bob Bakish is tipped to become interim chief executive of parent company Viacom as the company inches closer to a merger with CBS.

  • Attenborough: too much cooking on TV


    TV has become saturated with cooking and gardening shows, according to former BBC2 controller David Attenborough.

  • Blakeway hires new MD


    Zinc Media-owned indie Blakeway has appointed producer Lucy van Beek as managing director.

  • Sister Pictures hires Humans exec


    Humans producer Chris Fry has joined his old boss Jane Featherstone as an executive producer at Sister Pictures.

  • Studio Lambert eyes entertainment


    Studio Lambert is moving into shiny floor entertainment for the first time with the launch of a label run by a former series producer of The X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother.

  • 120 jobs to go as Brexit bites ITV


    ITV is to make 120 jobs redundant across its business to “futureproof” following Brexit.

  • Obituary: James Zafar, set designer


    Tributes have been paid to James Barrie Zafar, set designer of Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off, who has died at age 48 after a battle with cancer.