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ITV America promotes “Love Island” EP Simon Thomas to EVP, programming

ITV America has upped Love Island executive producer Simon Thomas to executive vice president of programming for the West Coast, tasked with overseeing “noisy” formats and live event programming. Thomas (pictured) most recently served as SVP of programming at ...
August 22, 2019

ITV America has upped Love Island executive producer Simon Thomas to executive vice president of programming for the West Coast, tasked with overseeing “noisy” formats and live event programming.

Thomas (pictured) most recently served as SVP of programming at the unscripted prodco. In his new role, Thomas will supervise the creative production teams assigned to ITV America’s Los Angeles-based projects.

In addition to the U.S. launch of UK reality show Love Island, Thomas has overseen and executive produced a range of series for ITV America, including: Pawn Stars, Forged in Fire, Knife or Death and Counting Cars (History); Double Take (Facebook Watch);  OJ: Guilty in Vegas (A&E); American Grit and The Four (Fox); and Texas Cake House (Food Network), as well as other projects for ABC, National Geographic, Netflix and TLC.

“Simon is a seasoned executive, a brilliant, hands-on producer and an extraordinary leader who will play a vital role in ITV America’s continued success,” CEO David George said in a statement. “His ability to produce big formats and smaller-budget content gives us the perfect hitter for our broad bench of programming.”

Prior to joining ITV America-owned Leftfield Pictures in 2014 as a showrunner, Thomas spent several years at Endemol Australia where he worked on large format reality shows such as Big Brother, Beauty & The Geek Australia, Make Me a Supermodel and Million Dollar Drop. He also produced several smaller projects including Last Chance Surgery.

About The Author
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.

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