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Mastiff appoints head of development

Danish production company Mastiff has named David Sidebotham as its head of development, effective November 1.
October 15, 2013

Danish production company Mastiff has named David Sidebotham as its head of development, effective November 1.

He replaces Thomas Meyer, who has been upped to program director for TV events, fiction and comedy within the company.

Sidebotham will help develop and produce non-scripted entertainment formats for the Danish market and beyond in his new role at the Zodiak Media-owned company.

He joins Mastiff from format company Babyfoot, which he co-founded. Babyfoot’s credits include Gay Army, Bingo Banko, and Big in Japan, the latter of which aired on U.S. network ABC as I Survived a Japanese Game Show.

“Mastiff produces some of the coolest and most-seen television in Denmark, and their brand screams creativity and innovation,” said Sidebotham. “I look forward to building on that tradition in Denmark and to joining the international Zodiak family.”

“David Sidebotham is a genuine talent,” said Mastiff MD Mads Ulrick Holmstrup. “He has the ability to create exceptional TV formats and will be instrumental to Mastiff’s creative direction and ensure that the company maintains its position as one of the leading producers in Denmark.”

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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