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BBCWW’s Jonathan Cane joins Back Roads as development head

Back Roads Entertainment has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Jonathan Cane as head of development. Overseeing the New York-based company’s six-person development team, Cane will be tasked with creating and developing original ...
November 15, 2017

Back Roads Entertainment has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Jonathan Cane as head of development.

Overseeing the New York-based company’s six-person development team, Cane will be tasked with creating and developing original non-scripted formats tailored to cable broadcasters. He reports directly into Colby Gaines, founder and exec producer of Back Roads.

“Jonathan is a seasoned developer and format creator who has earned the trust and respect of buyers for nearly two decades,” said Gaines in a statement. “Having a talented salesman with a track record like his at our helm is key as we continue to prioritize cable formats.”

Cane most recently served as VP of development at BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles, overseeing the company’s unscripted fare for network, cable and digital platforms across all major U.S. outlets for both BBCWW and the company’s indie Adjacent Productions.

Prior to joining the BBC, Cane served as VP of development at FremantleMedia North America over a five-year period, where he focused specifically on the U.S. cable landscape, managing such projects as Bravo’s Married To Medicine, Oxygen’s Quit Your Day Job, CW’s Perfect Score and GSN’s Idiotest.

Cane began his career at MTV News in 1998 and eventually became showrunner on a number of series at the Viacom-owned youth network. He has since developed and produced for a variety of networks including Fox, A&E, MTV, CW, Bravo, E!, Discovery Channel, GSN, Oxygen, Style, Lifetime, VH1, National Geographic, TLC, WeTV and Red Bull.

Established in 2011, Back Roads Entertainment aims to “craft stories that entertain,” having most recently produced BET’s 50 Central, MTV’s Joking Off, DIY’s Lake Life and Cooking Channel’s cult hit Big, Bad, BBQ Brawl, now in its third season.

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