Former Darlow Smithson Productions executive Steven Bricknall has joined Vice Studios UK as the international television production facility from Vice Media ratchets up the volume of its factual output.
Bricknall (pictured) boards Vice Studios UK as director of unscripted development, reporting into creative director Yoni Usiskin.
In the newly created role, he will be tasked with managing Vice Studios’ expanding slate of factual and fact ent across Britain, and will also be responsible for delivering a strategy for the company’s continued expansion in working with global commissioners at networks and SVOD platforms.
Additionally, Bricknall will coordinate activity with Vice Studios’ U.S. and international offices.
The experienced television executive most recently served as head of development at Hitchhiker Television, where he played a key role in shaping the business plan, development priorities and establishing the fledgling company’s development team to work across a number of genres.
Prior to this, he was head of development at Darlow Smithson Productions, served as a development executive at Princess Productions, and was a development producer at Studio Lambert, Potato and ITV Studios.
Bricknall’s credits include BBC2′s Made in Great Britain and Project Interiors (w/t), Channel 4′s 4Ramadam and BBC1′s Secret Britain, as well as working on the development of C4′s Naked Attraction and BBC3′s Phone Swap.
Elsewhere, Vice Studios UK has elevated Lexi Rose to the role of a development executive.
“Steven’s appointment marks an important step in VICE Studios’ success and development. We are sending a signal that we are growing our business and consolidating our reputation for creating gripping, award-winning unscripted content for audiences around the world,” said Usiskin in a statement. “Steven brings an impressive track record in creating and delivering television hits as well as driving new business. He will be well supported by the team including Lexi, whose time with us has seen her build on her experience and help deliver some of our most noteworthy titles. I can’t think of two better people to take the business forward.”
Launched in 2017, Vice Studios UK has delivered a number of acclaimed commissions including the BBC’s The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On and Channel 5′s Britain’s Cocaine Epidemic. The British production arm’s forthcoming series orders include the BBC2 documentary Inside The Brexit Storm, and the four-part docuseries Drug Wars for Channel 5.