Top Gear executive producer John Hesling (pictured) is leaving BBC Worldwide Productions to join Shed Media U.S. as senior VP of programming, a newly created position.
He will oversee programming and report to Pam Healey, general manager of the UK-based super-indie’s U.S. production arm. The company is in production on 13 series across eight networks in the United States, including the sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City for Bravo.
Healey said in a statement: “John brings an incredible wealth of experience as both a showrunner and an executive, and has the respect of the creative community.”
Hesling launched the BBC Worldwide Productions series Top Gear in the United States on History in 2010. Prior to that he was senior VP of programming for BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles where he oversaw the creation of original programming and adapted BBC formats for the U.S. market. He has developed, produced and directed series such as Dragon’s Den, Great American Road Trip and The Week the Women Went.
Shed Media Group is majority owned by Warner Bros. Television Group and consists of UK companies Ricochet Television, Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Renegade Pictures, Watershed, Yalli and Headstrong Pictures.