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Extra: Davey departs ITV; Bell Media shuffles senior management

Peter Davey exits ITV Peter Davey is stepping down from his post as head of comedy entertainment at ITV following a six-year stint in production and commissioning roles at the UK commercial broadcaster. The ...
September 7, 2017

Peter Davey exits ITV

Peter Davey is stepping down from his post as head of comedy entertainment at ITV following a six-year stint in production and commissioning roles at the UK commercial broadcaster.

The news will see ITV restructuring its entertainment commissioning efforts at the network, with Siobhan Greene heading a single team for entertainment commissioning.

Greene currently oversees ITV’s big entertainment formats including Britain’s Got TalentThe X FactorI’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and The Voice. Her remit will now be expanded to also include comedy entertainment and live entertainment events.

Davey, who is leaving the network to explore new opportunities, previously served as entertainment commissioner at ITV and was elevated to head of comedy entertainment last year as part of director of television Kevin Lygo’s commissioning reshuffle.

“I’d like to thank Peter for all his hard work leading the comedy entertainment team. We already have plans to work with him again and I wish him well for the future,” said Lygo, in a statement.

Lineup Industries, ZDF ink distribution deal

Amsterdam-based indie distribution company Lineup Industries and ZDF Enterprises have inked a new distribution deal.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Lineup becomes the go-to for ZDF’s international format sales. The initial three titles to join the Lineup slate are 4 For Family, Quiz Champion and The Game Begins.

The Game Begins is a family show that pits a team of celebrities against a competitive team of children in a variety of tasks including skill and reaction, action, strategy and sports games, memory tests and more. Elsewhere, Quiz Champion sees contestants pit themselves against five celebrity experts in a quiz battle that tests their knowledge in five different categories from sports, literature, music, and politics to nature, science, geography, food and history.

Finally, 4 for Family — The Big Family Competition, features three families competing to prove who is the closest. The families must win task rounds, as well as the approval of the public, who rate their teamwork, trust and endearment.

Bell Media shuffles senior leadership team

Stuart Garvie, former president of media sales and marketing at Bell Media, has left the company, resulting in a senior leadership shake up at the media co.

Bell Media president Randy Lennox announced Sept. 7 that with Garvie returning to GroupM as its Canadian CEO, Stewart Johnston has been appointed president, media sales, marketing and TSN. Johnston formerly served as president, Bell Media Studios and TSN.

Nanci MacLean will take over as VP and head of Bell Media Studios. In her new role, MacLean, who served as VP of in-house production since 2013, will work with Lennox on developing new content, partnership and business opportunities. She’ll also be responsible for all aspects of in-house productions, including The Social, eTalk, Discovery’s Daily Planet, as well as special productions and Discovery’s in-house prodco Exploration Production Inc. (Mighty Ships). 

Additionally, Mike Cosentino is upped to president, content and programming. He was appointed SVP of content and programming in a senior leadership shakeup earlier this year, following the departure of former president Mary Ann Turcke. In his elevated role, Cosentino will be responsible for English content acquisitions for Bell Media’s conventional and specialty channels and digital properties. He continues to lead the development and creation of the company’s original programming, with in-house and independent content divisions now coming under his remit.

Garvie joined Bell Media in 2015, and was charged with leading the company’s sales force and in-house creative agency. Prior to joining the company, he served as chief commercial officer at Group M.

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