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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.”

About The Author
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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