So Television taps Matt Tiffin as creative director, development
ITV Studios-owned So Television has named industry veteran Matt Tiffin to the role of creative director of development.
In the new role, Tiffin (pictured) will be responsible for developing entertainment formats for the London-headquartered production studio. He reports directly into So Television managing director Graham Stuart.
With a career spanning 15 years in formats creation, Tiffin’s production and development credits include BBC1′s Ready or Not and Walk on the Wilde Side; ITV’s The 21st Question; NBC’s The Great American Road Trip; andChannel 4′s Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands.
He has previously held senior roles at Remedy Productions, NBCUniversal’s Tellycopter and Chocolate Media, BBC Worldwide, Eyeworks UK and RDF Television.
Barcroft Studios hires former Jungle Creations exec
London-based factual prodco Barcroft Studios has appointed Mitch Strong as head of commercial.
In the newly-created role, Strong is tasked with spearheading growth in commercial and branded content production and distribution, developing brand partnerships across the company’s portfolio of digital series.
Strong most recently served as head of agency sales and trading director at London-based digital media group Jungle Creations.
The hire follows other recent senior management appointments, including the addition of former Nerd TV founder John Farrar as creative director and former Vice Studios VP of programming Al Brown as executive producer for the studio’s 4Real output for Channel 4.
Drive inks global deals for doc, factual series
UK production funding and distribution agency Drive has secured multiple international sales for documentary The Good Nazi and factual series Warship: Life at Sea and World’s Worst Flights.
UKTV in Britain, ZDF Info in Germany, Planète+ in France, RTI – Mediaset in Italy, LRT in Lithuania, Foxtel in Australia and international broadcaster Viasat World for CEE and Scandinavia have all picked up The Good Nazi. The 60-minute documentary details the exploits of a Nazi officer who risked his life to save thousands in the Jewish community during World War II.
Meanwhile, Discovery-owned channel DMAX in Germany, TV4 in Sweden and TVNZ in New Zealand have all acquired the first season of Warship: Life at Sea (4 x 60-minutes). DMAX has also pre-bought a second season of the show, which was recently commissioned by Channel 5.
Produced by UK-based Artlab Films, the docuseries follows the everyday life of the 280 crew members aboard the HMS Duncan warship.
Drive has also sold the 6 x 60-minute series World’s Worst Flights to Fox Networks Group in Poland, TV2 in Norway, RTL in The Netherlands, Hubu Media in China, Discovery Turkey, TV2 in Denmark, TVNZ in New Zealand and Nippon TV in Japan.
Produced in partnership with Arrow Media for Channel 5 in the UK, the series offers insight into the modern world of commercial flying and what happens when things go wrong.
Seven Australia says I do to Back2back’s “Outrageous Weddings”
Australia’s Seven Network has commissioned a new wedding series from Brighton-based indie TV prodco Back2Back Productions.
Outrageous Weddings (8 x 60 minutes) combines elements of the docuseries and the clip show to offer a look at truly outrageous wedding ceremonies, for better or worse, including everything from lost grooms to vomiting vicars.
The series was commissioned by Seven director of network programming Angus Ross. It is executive produced by Back2Back founder and managing director David Notman-Watt. It is produced by Ben Cole and distributed by Passion Distribution.
The series is set to be delivered in December. The deal was brokered by UK sales and co-production agency Drive.
Meanwhile, Back2Back also secured an order for a third season of Mega Shippers from Quest in the UK and Discovery Germany, taking the total number of hours to be delivered over the next 12 months to 79.
Season three of Mega Shippers (10 x 60 minutes) was commissioned for Quest and Discovery Germany by Jamie Watkins, Discovery’s content sourcing and acquisitions manager for EMEA UK and Australia.
The series, which takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the world’s busiest road, rail, air and sea ports, is executive produced by Rob Holloway for Quest, and David Notman-Watt and Stef Wagstaffe for Back2Back. It is produced by Chris Barham and distributed by Hat Trick International.