Anita Jacoby (pictured) has left ITV Studios Australia after two years as its managing director.
Jacoby confirmed the exit in a statement, citing British parent ITV plc’s restructuring of leadership at the Australian network due largely in part to a series of foreign acquisitions, including its March purchase of Talpa Media for US$531.68 million.
As MD, Jacoby was responsible for overseeing such productions as Mad As Hell, Paddock to Plate, Come Dine With Me, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Talkin’ Bout Your Generation, Please Marry My Boy and Come Date With Me.
An ITV spokesperson confirmed to realscreen that Augustus Dulgaro, EVP for ITV Studios Global Entertainment Asia-Pacific, will be acting MD while the company recruits for Jacoby’s successor.
The news of Jacoby’s departure follows the announcement that Hilary Innes, former ITV Studios Australia’s head of entertainment, would be boarding Australia’s Network Ten as a senior member of the executive production team.
Prior to joining ITV Studios’ Australian division as MD in 2013, Jacoby served as head of production and director of programs at Sydney-based prodco Zapruder’s Other Films until its merger with Cordell Jigsaw to form CJZ in 2014. While with Zapruder’s, she oversaw a slate that included Enough Rope, Elders, AFP and The Gruen Transfer.
ITV Studios Australia could not be reached for comment by press time.
“I am proud of my two year legacy, strengthening ITV by the recruitment of outstanding talent and having secured commissions for major international formats including I’m A Celebrity and The Chase,” Jacoby said in a statement. “I leave knowing that changes I have made will help ensure ITV Australia is in better shape than ever for the future.”