eOne ramps up unscripted plans in UK
Global entertainment company Entertainment One (eOne) has appointed Matt Pritchard and Matt Walton to the joint roles of EVP of unscripted television.
Based in London, the pair will collaboratively manage the daily operations of eOne’s unscripted team in the UK, while also building out the company’s new development and production unit and overseeing key relationships with UK networks, producers and talent.
“As we continue to build on our strong foundation in the UK and launch the next wave of unscripted hits, they will be key to driving our ongoing success,” said Tara Long, eOne’s president of global unscripted television, in a statement.
Pritchard (pictured, left) joins eOne from Boomerang, where he served as managing director since 2016 and launched such titles as ITV’s What Would Your Kid Do? and Channel 4′s Extreme Cake Makers.
Prior to that, Pritchard was the group director of development at Twofour, where he helped create C4′s The Jump, ITV’s This Time Next Year and BBC1′s The Real Marigold Hotel, among others. Previously, he was head of development at BBC Worldwide.
Walton (right), meanwhile, boards from ITV Studios-owned prodco 12 Yard Productions where he was head of entertainment and factual. There, he co-created and exec produced unscripted programming including Coach Trip and Celebrity Coach Trip (E4), Big Star’s Little Star (ITV), I’ll Get This (BBC2), The Instant Gardener (BBC1) and the forthcoming Comedians Giving Lectures (UKTV’s Dave).
Prior to 12 Yard, Walton was a freelance development producer and showrunner for various UK production companies, including Initial, Tiger Aspect, ITV Entertainment and Thames.
Kingston Anderson departs Australian Directors’ Guild
Kingston Anderson is to step down at the end of September as CEO of the Australian Directors’ Guild following eight years in the role.
Anderson is exiting ADG in pursuit of new challenges but will continue “to be an active contributor to our industry.
“I feel the organization is in great shape with a Screen Producers Australia agreement for directors, increased revenue for the collections society, and a growing and diverse membership across screen platforms,” he added.
Having joined in 2011, Anderson led the transformation of the organization into a union, enabling the company to represent directors at the Fair Work Commission and to be consulted by the Department of Home Affairs on visa applications for foreign directors.
Anderson will remain with the ADG until his replacement is found. The position will be advertised in the coming weeks.
“Mr. Anderson’s excellent management of the ADG has ensured its growth, resilience and success as professional and cultural hub for screen directors,” said ADG president Samantha Lang, in a statement. “His skill in industrial relations has ensured better working conditions for television directors, his aptitude for evolving the ADG awards has given directors the profile they deserve, and his advocacy for professional development has provided pathways for emerging directors. We wish him all the best in his new endeavors.”
Steve Turney returns to Power Entertainment
Veteran television executive Steve Turney has returned to the fold of London-based Power Entertainment as SVP of sales and acquisitions.
In the new role, Turney – formerly VP of sales between 2011 and 2015 – will be responsible for overseeing the international television and new media business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will seek to negotiate and represent third party content for international distribution across drama and factual programming.
Turney has previously held senior sales positions with Twentieth Century Fox International Television, Goldcrest Films International, Polygram Television International and Lumiere Pictures.
He will be attending the 2019 MIPCOM market in Cannes this October on behalf of Power.