ITVS GE appoints former PBS exec for U.S. sales team
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has appointed former PBS executive Mike Kelley to oversee all sales for the American marketplace.
Kelley will join the ITV-owned distribution arm as SVP of sales for the Americas. He will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles offices and reports into ITVE GE’s Greg Johnson, EVP of EMEA and Americas.
Most recently, Kelley served as SVP of programming, business affairs and content operations at PBS, where he was responsible for copro partnerships and investment allocation for all projects.
He played a crucial role in launching Mercy Street,the American pubcaster’s first original scripted drama in over a decade, and developing a copro partnership with the BBC across history, natural history and science content.
“His strategic background, along with exceptional commercial and creative abilities will not only benefit existing client relationships across the U.S., Canada and Latin America but also help us to identify new opportunities to build lasting partnerships across the business,” said Johnson in a statement.
Lineup Industries takes Taboo international
Amsterdam-based indie distributor Lineup Industries has secured a number of international deals for the Panenka-created entertainment format Taboo (pictured).
The format has been optioned for localized adaptation by such global producers as Wall to Wall in the UK, Kinetic Content in the U.S., We Make in France, Monday in Denmark, Warner in Sweden, Feel Good in Norway, Moskito in Finland and Gil Productions in Israel.
Originally created for Belgian pubcaster VRT, the format follows a comedian as they live with four people who suffer from a similar disability over the duration of a week. The comedian will delve into their story to find out how they live with their disability and the daily prejudice they face before taking the stage for a standup routine which challenges the taboos surrounding disabilities and people’s perceptions of them.
“This is a ground-breaking format that questions the relationship between humor and societal standards,” said Julian Curtis, co-founder of Lineup Industries, in a statement. “It uses comedy and humanity to explore the idea of prejudice through the eyes of those affected and asks if this shifts the boundaries of what is really taboo.”
TCB sells package deals through Europe
London-based TCB Media Rights has sold more than 200 hours of factual and fact-ent content into Germany and Poland.
All deals were brokered by TCB Media sales executive Holly Cowdery.
German commercial broadcaster ProSieben has taken a 96-hour package that consists of Just Might Productions’ Flipping Bangers, WAG TV’s Space Dealers, Woodcut Media’s Wings of War, Like A Shot Entertainment’s Forbidden History, CJZ and Greenstone’s Border Patrol and Pixcom’s The Guild Garage.
National Geographic Channel in Poland, meanwhile, has inked a 68-hour package deal that includes Velocity’s The Guild Garage; ITN Productions’ EasyJet: Inside the Cockpit 1; Woodcut Media’s Combat Machines and Combat Trains 2; Wild Pictures’ The Cruise; Furneaux & Edgar Production/Motion Content Group’s Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine; Arrow Media’s 747: The Jumbo Revolution and World’s Most Extreme 3; Middlechild Productions’ Kitten Impossible; Pixcom’s Jacked!; and Steel Spyda’s Mega Food.
TCB Media Rights has also sent off a number of other programs to Poland.
Discovery has picked up WAG TV’s Secrets of the Magna Carta and two Like A Shot Entertainment titles, including Witness to War and Treason: Codes, Spies & Conspiracies.
Commercial net TVN has licensed Wild Pictures’ Cyber Scammers and Stalkers, Greenstone’s The Obesity Myth, as well as 158 Productions and Olga TV’s Pampered Pooches: Hollywood.
Lastly, Polsat has taken Crackit Productions’ The Ugly Face of Beauty and Skinny Brides to Fat Wives.