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ITV America promotes “Love Island” EP Simon Thomas to EVP, programming

ITV America has upped Love Island executive producer Simon Thomas to executive vice president of programming for the West Coast, tasked with overseeing “noisy” formats and live event programming. Thomas (pictured) most recently served as SVP of programming at ...
August 22, 2019

ITV America has upped Love Island executive producer Simon Thomas to executive vice president of programming for the West Coast, tasked with overseeing “noisy” formats and live event programming.

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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