FremantleMedia-backed UK indie Naked Entertainment has expanded its executive ranks with the appointments of industry veteran Nelesh Dhand and experienced showrunners Stef Wagstaffe and David Tibballs.
Dhand (pictured) joins the London-based producer as head of factual development and will work with Naked’s Tom O’Brien, director of development, to “strengthen the company’s position in the factual and factual entertainment space.”
He returns to Naked Entertainment from indie Optomen (Genderquake, The F Word) where he was a development executive with responsibility for creating a portfolio of commissions and directed How to Live When You’re Dieing for British pubcaster BBC3.
Before joining Optomen, Dhand held a senior development role at Voltage TV, winning a number of high-profile docuseries and fact-ent commissions for Channel 4, ITV and the BBC, including BBC3′s BAFTA-nominated feature-length doc One Deadly Weekend in America.
Most recently, Wagstaffe supervised the 2016 and 2017 seasons of Superfoods: The Real Story. Prior to this, she served as commissioning editor for features at Channel 4 where she was responsible for numerous programs, including Born Naughty?, Dirty Weekenders, Great Canal Journeys and the UK launch of Married at First Sight.
Wagstaffe has also worked in the U.S. serving as showrunner on three seasons of ABC’s Wife Swap and launching the U.S. version of CBS’ Emmy-winning reality series Undercover Boss while serving as EVP at Studio Lambert USA.
Tibballs, meanwhile, joins Naked later this month and will be based out of Los Angeles, where he recently created and ran three seasons of Billion Dollar Buyer for CNBC. Before his stint at CNBC, he was both the showrunner on Fox’s social experiment Utopia, and the entertainment dating spoof I Wanna Marry Harry.
Prior to heading to the U.S., Tibballs co-created and produced the first two seasons of Dragon’s Den for BBC2 and was executive producer for a range of formats including BBC’s One Week To Save Your Marriage and Bank of Mum and Dad.
Launched by CEO Simon Andreae in 2015, Naked Entertainment’s credits include Channel 4′s Indian Summer School and E4′s My Hotter Half, as well as returning series Celebrity 100% Hotter for Channel 5, and 100% Hotter and Secret Admirer for 5Star.