FremantleMedia UK is restructuring its unscripted business with a slew of new promotions, hires and the rejoining of its entertainment labels Thames and Talkback.
Talkback Thames – the name of the original company, before it was split in 2011 – will cover all aspects of entertainment and will be led by managing director Leon Wilson, who was previously MD of Talkback. Wilson will report to Liam Humphreys (pictured), CEO, FremantleMedia UK (FMUK) Unscripted.
“Establishing Talkback and Thames as a joined-up entertainment division again enables both teams to work together in a more cohesive way, sharing expertise and creativity, and encouraging cross-genre development,” said Humphreys, in a statement.
Talkback and Thames will continue to have individual heads who report to Wilson.
Amelia Brown – previously head of Thames and Syco Productions – becomes MD of Thames, overseeing the label’s entertainment output. She will report to Humphreys.
Meanwhile, Ed Sleeman is elevated to head of Talkback and Jonno Richards is promoted to director of programs for Talkback.
At FMUK unscripted, Dean Jones has been upped to director of production and Liz Holmwood. Both Jones and Holmwood will report to Humphreys.
Joining FremantleMedia is Phil Harris in the newly-created role of creative director at Thames. Harris was formerly head of entertainment at Lime Pictures and has produced shows for UK networks including The Only Way is Essex (ITV2) and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) as well as creating and producing Celebs Go Dating (E4). He reports to Brown.
Elsewhere, according to a statement, Humphreys plans to expand factual label Boundless with a focus on producing more entertainment content. Damian Pitman joins Boundless as director of development. He was previously the head of development at All3Media-owned prodco betty.
FMUK’s Unscripted creative director Danny Carvalho and Kat Hebden, MD Shotglass Media, both continue to report to Humphreys.
In other recent news, Banijay Group has appointed FremantleMedia UK’s Lucas Green to head of content. Green was previously the head of development at Thames.