NBCUniversal Intl. bolsters unscripted development team

NBCUniversal International Television Production has hired four executives to oversee factual entertainment and shiny floor show development for the company's newly launched unscripted development unit. (Pictured: SVP of factual and entertainment David Mortimer)
February 7, 2014

NBCUniversal International Television Production has hired four executives to lead its newly launched unscripted development unit.

Current head of development for non-scripted, Jack Burgess, and Ben Riley will lead the division’s factual entertainment team, which is focused on returnable, high-end fact ent formats.

Burgess is formerly the head of development at UK indie Fever Media where he worked on programs such as ITV’s 71 Degrees North and BBC3′s The Year of Making Love. Riley has worked in development for BBC Format Entertainment, Endemol and MTV and ran the task team on Big Brother for four years.

Ex-Chocolate Media execs Daniel Nettleton and Matt Tiffin will lead the unit’s shiny floor and entertainment team.

Formerly head of development for Chocolate Media, Nettleton has also worked in development for BBC, RDF and Endemol and as a task producer I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! and Big Brother. Tiffin was previously head of entertainment for Chocolate Media and, before that, led development teams for BBC Worldwide and Eyeworks.

The company also hired Newton Velji to work across both teams. Formerly an entertainment and comedy development exec for UK indie Initial, she steps into the role of senior development producer.

The development team will report to David Mortimer, senior VP of factual and entertainment, and will work alongside NBCUniversal International Television Production’s in-house unscripted production companies Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media in the UK, as well as Australia’s Matchbox Pictures and Canada’s Lark Productions, which has a strategic partnership with International Television Production.

“Matt, Daniel, Jack and Ben are all development professionals and have worked on some of the biggest shows on British TV,” Moritmer said in a statement. “Most importantly, they all share our vision for making NBCUniversal the home of the next generation of global unscripted hits.”

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