Former Big Fish Entertainment executive George McTeague has joined All3Media-owned Optomen Productions USA as SVP of development.
Based in New York and reporting directly to Optomen president Maria Silver, McTeague will be responsible for generating character-driven docuseries and creating original formats for both broadcast and cable networks in the U.S.
He will work alongside SVP Ricky Kelehar, who earlier this year relocated to Los Angeles to establish a West Coast office and help oversee the launch of formats and game shows division, Optomen Entertainment.
As head of development for Big Fish, McTeague was tasked with leading the development and sales of digital and branded entertainment content, while also developing partnerships with brands and talent. There, he developed and served as an executive producer for such series as A&E’s live ride-along series Live PD, WEtv’s Hustle and Soul and TLC’s Tattoo Girls.
McTeague began his career at MTV, rising through the ranks to VP of development on the East Coast, where he developed and produced series including Made, House of Style, 8th and Ocean and Human Giant.
“George is a well-respected developer with a track record for successful programming with strong and unique voices,” said Silver in a statement. “With his finger always on the pulse, he’s the perfect addition to our New York team as we continue to prioritize premium cable programming on the East Coast.”