BBC Entertainment exec Richard Hastings joins Shiver

ITV Studios has named former BBC Entertainment exec Richard Hastings (pictured) as Shiver's creative director of factual entertainment for formats and daytime.
June 15, 2015

ITV Studios has named former BBC Entertainment exec Richard Hastings (pictured) as Shiver’s creative director of factual entertainment for formats and daytime.

In his new role with the Come Dine with Me producer, Hastings – who previously served as head of factual entertainment development at the UK pubcaster – will be charged with the development and production of new factual series including returning formats and factual-led entertainment for UK and international broadcasters.

The exec is to begin at ITV Studios factual subsidiary in August, reporting to Alexander Gardiner, MD of Shiver. Hastings will also work alongside Mark Robinson, creative director of popular factual, and Simon Dickson, who recently joined Shiver as creative director of a new label specializing in factual series and formatted documentaries.

Hastings has created such factual series as Saturday Kitchen (BBC1), The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off (BBC2) and Young Talent of the Year (BBC3). He also developed Wildest Dreams and Home Away from Home (BBC1) as well as Don’t Drop the Baby (BBC3) and Antiques Master(BBC2)

Prior to joining the BBC, Hastings was head of development at Prospect Pictures, where he created Take Away My Takeaway (C4) and Call Me A Cabbie (ITV), for which he was nominated for a Royal Television Society award. He also held development and production roles at a variety of prodcos, including RDF, Princess Productions and LWT.


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