Hobbs, Hakami team up for Talos Films

Former History and MTV execs Julian Hobbs (pictured, left) and Elli Hakami (right), respectively, have partnered on a venture with backing from Sky Vision and October Films.
January 28, 2016

Former History and MTV execs have partnered to launch a New York-based production outfit with backing from Sky Vision, the distribution arm of the UK broadcaster, and UK- and U.S.-based indie October Films.

Led by History’s former VP of scripted and non-fiction development and programming Julian Hobbs (pictured, left) and MTV’s previous executive VP of current series and programming Elli Hakami (right), Talos Films will create unscripted and scripted series and formats for the global market. The new company will launch with projects already in development for a number of broadcasters.

Hobbs and Hakami will serve as co-presidents of the new venture, while Adam Bullmore, October Films MD, and Jane Millichip, Sky Vision MD, will sit on the board of the prodco.

“Julian and Elli have an amazing track record both at networks and production companies, with an impressive slate of factual, documentary and scripted content,” said Millichip in a statement. “Talos will become another important partner as we continue to build our presence especially in the U.S. market.”

During his time at History, the Emmy-winning Hobbs oversaw such series as Storage Wars, Ice Road Truckers, Vikings and the forthcoming four-part, eight-hour remake of the iconic 1977 miniseries Roots. He also led the net’s feature doc unit, exec producing such films as Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Errol Morris The Unknown Known.

Prior to History, Hobbs served as executive producer at Discovery Channel and headed up production at New York Times Television.

At MTV, Hakami oversaw popular series that include Catfish, The Challenge and the True Life specials. She previously served as senior VP of unscripted programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions and also as head of development at Discovery, where she helped launch the company’s New York and LA development offices.

Talos Films is represented by CAA.

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