Rome-based indie Stand By Me has bolstered its executive ranks with the appointment of former Switchover Media exec Giuliano Tranquilli (pictured) as content and business development head for its entertainment and factual division.
The hire comes almost seven months after Francesco Nespega, co-founder of the Discovery Communications-owned indie broadcaster Switchover Media, acquired a 50% stake in Stand By Me in January. The exec is now serving as president of the indie, and the latest executive appointment sees Nespega reuniting with Switchover co-founder Tranquilli.
In his new role, Tranquilli will be responsible for the development of in-house content, working alongside the format and production department. He will also oversee international coproductions and partnerships.
The exec brings more than 15 years of experience to the Italian prodco and distributor. After co-founding Switchover Media in 2009, he served as head of branding at MTV Italia and also worked as a programming adviser for Discovery Communications.
Joining Tranquilli are Davide Acampora and Teresa Carducci who will take on the roles of head of formats and head of production, respectively.
Stand By Me has created, produced and distributed more than 300 hours of original content across factual, documentary and scripted reality genres. The company’s portfolio includes High Infidelity for Discovery and a localized version of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.