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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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