Extra: Blecher named content VP at Keshet, Content takes “Manolo”

In today's "Extra" wrap, Keshet DCP exec Assaf Blecher leaves LA for Tel Aviv to serve as VP of development and content at Keshet Broadcasting, and Content Media takes the worldwide rights to a documentary on fashion icon Manolo Blahnik (pictured).
January 28, 2016

Assaf Blecher named VP, development and content at Keshet Broadcasting

The former MD of Keshet DCP – Keshet International’s 2013 JV with DC Media – will move from LA to Tel Aviv next month to take on the role of VP of development and content at Keshet Broadcasting. He will report to Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir. The exec’s remit includes the development of unscripted content such as game, entertainment and reality shows for both Israeli and international clients. Blecher will also work alongside Keshet Broadcasting’s VP of programming, Hilik Sharir.

Before joining Keshet, the exec served as VP of development and programming for TV and digital at DC Media-owned Dick Clark Productions. Later, as MD of Keshet DCP, he oversaw programming and development for the JV, with credits including Boom! as well as Rising Star . Blecher began his career with Dick Clark Productions in 2005 as a development manager and over 10 years held several roles within the company.

Keo Films forms JV with Field Day

Keo Films is teaming with new indie Field Day for arts, factual entertainment, history and lifestyle programming. Under the JV, the Sally Angel-helmed Field Day will form part of Keo Films and develop and produce a wide range of programming for TV, theatrical and digital platforms. Angel’s recent production credits include the Channel 4 and HBO doc Night Will Fall, and her previous series for the BBC are One Foot in the Past, House Detectives and TV Heroes. Angel has held a number of senior management positions at the Beeb, including commercial channels manager for BBC Production, channel development exec for BBC Broadcast and commissioning editor for BBC Choice/3. Further appointments are expected to be announced in the near future.

Content Media takes worldwide rights to Manolo Blahnik doc

Fashion designer Manolo Blahnik (pictured) will be the subject of a new documentary from Vanity Fair‘s style editor-at-large, Michael Roberts. Content Media has taken the worldwide sales rights to the Nevision Studios-produced doc, which is titled Manolo (The boy who made shoes for lizards). The film will be presented to distributors in Berlin at the European Film Market, which runs from February 11 to 19, and is billed as “an in-depth portrait” of the fashion icon, best known for his “Manolo”-branded shoes.

Manolo will feature Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Paloma Picasso, Candace Bushnell, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, and Isaac Mizrahi, among others, along with Blahnik. Production is presently underway on the film, which is exec produced by James Cabourne, Tiggy Maconochie and Anne Morrison.

Channel 4 orders “Generation Foundation”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered a Generation Foundation special (1 x 60 minutes) from Northern Ireland indie Big Mountain Productions, featuring make-up experts who are pushing the boundaries through their fashion and beauty choices. The participants will begin the program with a bare face, and others will then decide what persona they are to adopt. The special was commissioned by Gill Wilson, head of features for Channel 4, and will be series produced by Lucy Wedlock.


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 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.