Unscripted

Lime Pictures lands dating series at E!, expands non-scripted team

All3Media-owned UK producer Lime Pictures has expanded its senior creative team with a trio of non-scripted execs. Rebecca Kenny Smith (pictured) has been appointed creative director of current programming, while former ...
December 13, 2018

All3Media-owned UK producer Lime Pictures has expanded its senior creative team with a trio of non-scripted execs.

Rebecca Kenny Smith (pictured) has been appointed creative director of current programming, while former ITV Studios executive producer Kevin O’Brien and former The Only Way Is Essex executive producer Andrew Jackman join as development executives. The trio will work under Sarah Tyekiff, head of non-scripted at Lime.

In her new role, Smith’s remit includes the BAFTA award-winning The Only Way Is Essex and MTV’s Geordie Shore. Earlier this year, she served as the executive producer on Lime’s True Love or True Lies for MTV. Prior to working with Lime, Smith executive produced Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother for Channel 5 from 2016 to 2018. Smith also oversaw international formats for Endemol Shine including MasterChef, The Island and The Biggest Loser.

Further additions to Lime’s unscripted team include O’Brien and Jackman who join the London-based business as development executives tasked with executive producing new and recommissioned programming.

O’Brien has just wrapped up his stint as executive producer for the current series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Prior to that, he executive produced the live final of Love Island as well as the live sister show Love Island: Aftersun. Additionally, O’Brien developed and won commissions for ITV Studios including Survival of the Fittest and Dress to Impress.

Meanwhile, Jackman previously executive produced The Only Way Is Essex for Lime Pictures. His additional executive producer credits include Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, The Royal World and Celebrity Haunted Mansion as well as development for Boomerang and Talkback.

“Rebecca, Kevin and Andrew bring with them a wealth of experience across both development and production which is paramount as we focus on expansion of the business through new formats with a variety of partners on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Tyekiff, in a statement.

In other news, Lime has been commissioned by E! Entertainment to produce the unscripted comedy series Dating #NoFilter.

The 20 x 30-minute blind dating series, co-produced by All3Media America, will capture three pairs of comedians as they offer their candid and unique perspectives on real-life singles on intimate and outrageous first dates.

Featured comedians include Biniam (Ben) Bizuneh, star of Culture Clash; Cara Connors, of Cara Cooks and Every BLANK Ever fame; stand-up comic Rocky Dale Davis of Unprotected Sets; YouTuber, actress and comedian Kelsey Darragh; comedian and actor Ben Evans, as seen on season two of Netflix’s Queer Eye; Zach Noe Towers, a stand-up comedian, actor and writer who has opened for RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen; and Nina Parker, co-host of E!’s Nightly Pop and an E! News correspondent.

“Dating in a hashtag world can provide humorous, sometimes outrageous situations, and our comics are ready to bring it,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of development and production at E!, in a statement. “Armed with wine, popcorn, and astute observations, they will offer hilarious commentary as our daters navigate the thrills and awkward drama in their quest for love.”

Executive producers for the series are Kate Little, Claire Poyser, Tim Pastore, Shauna Thomas, Ben Crompton and Sarah Tyekiff.

Dating #NoFilter runs Mondays through Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on E! beginning Jan. 21.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.