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Nine Network exec boards ITV Studios Australia

Former Nine Network exec Karen Dewey (pictured) has been named head of reality and factual at ITV Studios Australia, while Shine TV's Claire Morrison is joining ITV Studios UK subsidiary Potato as its head of development.
February 17, 2015

Former Nine Network exec Karen Dewey (pictured) has been named head of reality and factual at ITV Studios Australia, while Shine TV’s Claire Morrison is joining ITV Studios UK-based label Potato as its head of development.

Dewey – who began the newly created position on February 9 – spent seven years at the Australian free-to-air net Nine Network, where she oversaw the reality and factual division and led the net’s creative team on series including Big Brother, Celebrity Apprentice and RPA.

Prior joining Nine, Karen served as an executive producer for seven years at Network Seven, where she co-created and exec produced My Restaurant Rules, and worked on programs such as Harry’s Practice, Medical Emergency and Hot Property.

Dewey’s first assignment for ITV Studios Australia is an on-location shoot in South Africa for a local version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Elsewhere, Shine TV senior development executive Claire Morrison is joining ITV Studios subsidiary Potato in the newly created role of head of development, starting in March.

Morrison’s credits include BBC1′s The Met, ITV’s Children’s Hospital and Billy Connolly: Route 66 and Channel 4′s Supersize vs Superskinny. Before joining Shine TV, Morrison was a development executive for BBC One, and prior to that, she was a development producer for Maverick Television and Endemol.

“We love the shows we make at Potato and in Claire, we’ve found a talented and creative head of development who shares our passion,” said Michael Kelpie, MD of Potato, in a statement. “Her appointment marks a significant step in our growth plans as we continue to focus on developing more successful, returnable formats across a broad range of UK broadcasters.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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