David Mortimer exits NBCUniversal Int’l Studios

The studio says there are currently no plans to replace the senior VP of factual and entertainment (pictured), who has been in the role for more than three years.
September 6, 2016

David Mortimer (pictured) is stepping down from his role as senior VP of factual and entertainment of NBCUniversal International Studios.

Mortimer first joined the London-based studio in 2013 when he was brought on to lead NBCU’s expansion into the factual and entertainment space.

During his three-year tenure, Mortimer was responsible for expanding NBCU’s non-scripted business by working on in-house unscripted development with such NBCU partners as UK-based prodcos Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media, Australia’s Matchbox Pictures and Canada’s Lark Productions.

Mortimer’s credits include the studio-based game show QuizUp, Spartan Race and Channel 4′s The Question Jury.

An NBCUniversal International Studios representative told realscreen there are currently no plans to replace Mortimer at this stage.

Prior to NBCU International Studios, Mortimer co-founded London-based Fever Media, where he served as a managing director; and held stints as creative head of factual entertainment and deputy controller of documentaries and investigations and general factual at BBC.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best unscripted creatives in the business over these past few years, and am incredibly proud of what we have collectively achieved,” Mortimer said in a statement. “But now feels like the right time to move on to a new challenge.”

“David has made a significant contribution to growing our unscripted business over the past three-and-a-half years,” added NBCUniversal International Television Productions president Michael Edelstein. “Having decided to take on new opportunities, we wish him every success for the future.”

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