Thomas (pictured) most recently served as SVP of programming at the unscripted prodco. In his new role, Thomas will supervise the creative production teams assigned to ITV America’s Los Angeles-based projects.
In addition to the U.S. launch of UK reality show Love Island, Thomas has overseen and executive produced a range of series for ITV America, including: Pawn Stars, Forged in Fire, Knife or Death and Counting Cars (History); Double Take (Facebook Watch); OJ: Guilty in Vegas (A&E); American Grit and The Four (Fox); and Texas Cake House (Food Network), as well as other projects for ABC, National Geographic, Netflix and TLC.
“Simon is a seasoned executive, a brilliant, hands-on producer and an extraordinary leader who will play a vital role in ITV America’s continued success,” CEO David George said in a statement. “His ability to produce big formats and smaller-budget content gives us the perfect hitter for our broad bench of programming.”
Prior to joining ITV America-owned Leftfield Pictures in 2014 as a showrunner, Thomas spent several years at Endemol Australia where he worked on large format reality shows such as Big Brother, Beauty & The Geek Australia, Make Me a Supermodel and Million Dollar Drop. He also produced several smaller projects including Last Chance Surgery.