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Rob Shaftel joins ITV Studios America

ITV Studios America has appointed Leftfield Pictures exec Rob Shaftel to the role of senior VP of development for the East Coast.
December 4, 2012

ITV Studios America has appointed Leftfield Pictures exec Rob Shaftel to the role of senior VP of development for the East Coast.

He will be based in the company’s New York office and will develop new programming for U.S. broadcasters and cable networks.

As VP of development for Leftfield, Shaftel oversaw the development of series such as History’s Counting Cars, American Restoration and Cajun Pawn Stars; ABC’s Ball Boys; and Science Channel’s Oddities franchise, among others. Prior to that he spent two years in Discovery’s development department where he worked on series and specials such as How Stuff Works and When Animals Strike.

“Rob comes to us with a fantastic track record and tremendous skill in developing hit shows,” ITV Studios America head of development Bruce Robertson said in a statement.

“His expertise will help ITV Studios America continue to expand both our New York office and the success of our non-scripted offerings in the United States.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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