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Endemol Shine’s Initial appoints Kate Stannard as development head

Endemol Shine-owned, youth-focused indie Initial has appointed Kate Stannard as head of development. In her role, Stannard will be tasked with generating ideas, managing the development slate and working with creative directors Cat Lynch and ...
December 13, 2018

Endemol Shine-owned, youth-focused indie Initial has appointed Kate Stannard as head of development.

In her role, Stannard will be tasked with generating ideas, managing the development slate and working with creative directors Cat Lynch and Katy Manley to shepherd the company’s creative strategy and bring in new business. Additionally, she will be responsible for developing shows for a range of broadcasters and platforms. Initial recently announced its move towards non-scripted formats for 16-34s, with a focus on quiz and gameshow formats.

Stannard joins the company from Possessed TV, part of ITV Studios, where she served as head of entertainment, developing and producing such shows as Cash Trapped5 Gold RingsPick Me and the upcoming BBC1 series Catchpoint.

Her additional senior development positions include stints at BBC North and Monkey Kingdom where she co-created the quiz show, The Question Jury for Channel 4.

Initial’s current slate includes MTV’s aristocratic reality series The Royal World and the Warwick Davis hosted quiz show Tenable for ITV.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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