Nutopia taps former AMC exec for development role

Transatlantic indie Nutopia has named AMC Networks' former director of unscripted programming Allyson Mandelbaum (pictured) as its new director of U.S. development.
September 2, 2014

Transatlantic indie Nutopia has named AMC Networks’ former director of unscripted programming Allyson Mandelbaum (pictured) as its new director of U.S. development, overseeing development of docs and returnable series.

The London- and New York-based Nutopia is known for titles such as the 12-part History series America: The Story of Us and, most recently, The 90′s: The Last Great Decade for National Geographic.

Prior to AMC Networks, Mandelbaum held production roles at MTV and U.S. prodcos such as Relatively Real and Magical Elves, where she developed shows for NBC, CBS, HBO and Showtime. The exec will be based out of Nutopia’s New York office.

“It’s great to see our U.S. development operation expanding with someone of Allyson’s experience joining Nutopia,” said Jane Root, Nutopia CEO, in a statement.

Mandelbaum added: “I’m a huge fan of Nutopia’s programming and can’t wait to be a part of further development in the U.S. market.”

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