London-based factual and entertainment prodco Twofour has expanded its U.S. presence with the launch of a Los Angeles office and the appointments of former OWN exec Danny Villa (pictured) and former Raw TV development exec Seth Goolnik.
The U.S. arm will begin operations immediately, with Villa coming onboard as executive VP, heading up LA operations. He will focus on producing non-scripted programming and adapting Twofour’s formats for the U.S. market.
Previously, Villa served as VP of programming and development for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and prior to that he was VP for Wilmer Valderrama Enterprises, and director of talent and series development for MTV Networks.
Twofour’s new VP of development, Goolnik was most recently the head of Raw TV’s development department, securing commissions for UK and international broadcasters. The company’s MD Melanie Leach will continue to oversee broadcast programming globally.
“The opening of the U.S. office is an important and logical step in the continued growth of Twofour and complements our existing international presence in Abu Dhabi and Brussels,” said Charles Wace, group CEO.
“We’re committed to establishing Twofour America as one of the premiere creators of quality non-scripted entertainment,” added exec VP Danny Villa.
Twofour is the production company behind Channel 4′s Educating Essex, BBC1′s Harry’s Arctic Heroes and Channel 5′s The Hotel Inspector.
In related news, Raw TV has filled the head of development role with the appointment of Tim Wardle, who joins the indie from Century Film.
At Century, he headed up the company’s development team, whose output included Channel 4′s Make me Normal and Scams, Fiddles and Honest Claims; and BBC2′s Million Dollar Traders.
Wardle also held roles at Blast Films as head of development and at the BBC’s Factual Documentaries division.
“Tim brings huge creativity and a real depth of experience to Raw, with an amazing track record in devising and delivering great new ideas for UK broadcasters – something we want to do more of,” said Raw MD Dimitri Doganis.
Raw has also appointed Zander Levy as a scripted development executive.