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Ross McCarthy launches Gobstopper Television

Desi Rascals executive producer Ross McCarthy (pictured) has launched the indie Gobstopper Television with the support of investment firm Greenbird Media.
August 19, 2015

Greenbird Media has taken a minority stake in Desi Rascals executive producer Ross McCarthy‘s (pictured) new production company, Gobstopper Television.

The London-based indie will focus on entertainment and factual entertainment programming for the UK and international markets.

McCarthy is the former head of unscripted at Buccaneer Media and has held senior positions at ITV Studios, Outline Productions, Twenty Twenty Television and BBC Entertainment.

He will work alongside head of development Chloe Seddon, who held the same position at Voltage Television. She previously worked with McCarthy at Buccaneer and Outline Producitons where they developed reality drama Desi Rascals for Sky, Health Freaks for Channel 4 and Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food for BBC2.

Gobstopper has also signed a five-year deal with BBC Worldwide, which will distribute its finished programs and formats.

The deal with Greenbird marks the eighth production company the equity capital firm has taken a minority investment in. Others include Tuesday’s Child, Crackit Productions, Rumpus Media, Handsome Productions, Riverdog Productions, Big Light Productions and Hello Halo.

“Gobstopper is an opportunity for me to create a properly creative working environment, backed with tremendous business and commercial support from Jamie Munro and Stuart Mullins – two people that I respect enormously,” said McCarthy in a statement.

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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