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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.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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