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A. Smith & Co. ups Rupert Dobson to SVP role, hires development VP

American Ninja Warrior prodco A. Smith & Co. Productions has bolstered its development team with a promotion and new hire. Rupert Dobson has been upped from VP to SVP of development, ...
February 14, 2018

American Ninja Warrior prodco A. Smith & Co. Productions has bolstered its development team with a promotion and new hire.

Rupert Dobson has been upped from VP to SVP of development, while Duncan McIntosh has been hired as VP of development.

Together, the pair is tasked with creating new series across A. Smith & Co’s Entertainment, Dox and Sports divisions.

Dobson (pictured) held the position of VP of development since 2015, working on series wuch as Container Homes and Team Ninja Warrior. Prior to A. Smith & Co., Dobson served as the VP of programming and development at BASE Productions, where he was an executive producer for series such as Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Stuntbusters, Car Science, Haunted Highway, Legend Quest, Deep South Paranormal and Human Wrecking Balls.

Dobson previously worked in the UK for Twofour Broadcast, producing series for networks including Channel 4, Sky, and ITV. During that time, he received a BAFTA nomination for Channel Five’s A Different Life.

Most recently, Dobson was part of the team that developed the upcoming NBC competition series The Titan Games, featuring Dwayne Johnson.

McIntosh joins A. Smith & Co from Endemol Shine North America, where he served as a producer for non-scripted formats.

McIntosh helped create and worked with properties such as MasterChef, MasterChef Jr., Biggest Loser, Page Six TV, Fear Factor, Hunted and Deal or No Deal. Prior to Endemol Shine, McIntosh was director of development at Zodiak Americas and Zodiak USA.

“Rupert has been a key player across all facets of our development cycle for many years now, and Duncan brings a depth of experience that will further bolster our production slate,” said Toby Gorman, president of A. Smith & Co. Entertainment, in a statement. “We’re proud to have them both as members of our all-star team, and look forward to working with them to create series that will inform, inspire, and entertain viewers across all platforms.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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