Unscripted

BBC America hires Ricky Kelehar for unscripted role

Former IWC Media exec Ricky Kelehar (pictured) is joining BBC America as its VP of unscripted programming next month.
February 12, 2014

Former IWC Media exec Ricky Kelehar is joining BBC America as its VP of unscripted programming next month.

Tasked with overseeing the channel’s original programming, including Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, and developing new unscripted formats, Kelehar will report to Perry Simon, general manager of channels for BBC Worldwide North America.

Based in the New York office, he will also work with Richard De Croce, senior VP of programming. Kelehar has worked in the television industry for 20 years, and most recently was the head of factual entertainment and U.S. formats at IWC Media.

He also created the Channel 4 series Gadget Man for North One Television, was the executive editor of factual entertainment at the BBC in New York, and has worked with Tiger Aspect, Optomen, Diverse, Twenty Twenty and ITV.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Ricky to the BBC America team,” said Simon. “His experience developing and producing quality non-scripted programming will be a vital contribution to the network as we expand the channel’s unscripted slate.”

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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