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Endemol Shine’s Initial appoints Kate Stannard as development head

Endemol Shine-owned, youth-focused indie Initial has appointed Kate Stannard as head of development. In her role, Stannard will be tasked with generating ideas, managing the development slate and working with creative directors Cat Lynch and ...
December 13, 2018

Endemol Shine-owned, youth-focused indie Initial has appointed Kate Stannard as head of development.

In her role, Stannard will be tasked with generating ideas, managing the development slate and working with creative directors Cat Lynch and Katy Manley to shepherd the company’s creative strategy and bring in new business. Additionally, she will be responsible for developing shows for a range of broadcasters and platforms. Initial recently announced its move towards non-scripted formats for 16-34s, with a focus on quiz and gameshow formats.

Stannard joins the company from Possessed TV, part of ITV Studios, where she served as head of entertainment, developing and producing such shows as Cash Trapped5 Gold RingsPick Me and the upcoming BBC1 series Catchpoint.

Her additional senior development positions include stints at BBC North and Monkey Kingdom where she co-created the quiz show, The Question Jury for Channel 4.

Initial’s current slate includes MTV’s aristocratic reality series The Royal World and the Warwick Davis hosted quiz show Tenable for ITV.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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