International production and distribution company Banijay Group has appointed former Fremantle exec Lucas Green as head of content.
The announcement coincides with Fremantle’s decision to restructure its UK arm, which involves re-merging its Talkback and Thames production companies. Green most recently served as Thames’ head of development.
Slated to join Banijay in January 2018, Green will oversee the development of all non-scripted formats and work with local MDs and creative talent to manage the flow of intellectual property.
His duties also include overseeing Banijay’s creative investment strategy, managing budgets for new developments and pilots and supporting existing formats with the potential for international reach.
At Thames, Green helped launch primetime entertainment formats in addition to reboots of The Price is Right and Blankety Blank. He was also responsible for creating, developing and pitching all of the prodco’s new formats.
Prior to his time at Thames, Green co-founded prodco Superhero Television and served as head of development at the now shuttered Princess Productions.
“It’s a really exciting time to be joining Banijay with their ambitious plans to grow the business,” said Green, in a statement. “It’s a young company but already has a fantastic slate of international formats and brilliant producers. For me, the opportunity to help cultivate a creative network on a huge scale is a dream job.”
“I am delighted to welcome Lucas to Banijay,” said Banijay Group COO Peter Langenberg. “With his extensive format experience, I have no doubt he will be hugely instrumental in enhancing the flow of IP [intellectual property] within the group.”