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Extra: BritBox solidifies UK team; ESPN host Michael Smith joins (co)laboratory

BritBox sets management team  BritBox, the digital video subscription service from BBC and ITV, has tapped a number of key executives (pictured) to helm the streamer ahead of its UK launch, ...
October 4, 2019

BritBox sets management team 

BritBox, the digital video subscription service from BBC and ITV, has tapped a number of key executives (pictured) to helm the streamer ahead of its UK launch, slated for the fourth quarter of this year.

Amy Jones, who previously worked across co-productions and acquisitions at Amazon Prime Video, will oversee commissions, acquisition and scheduling for the streamer.

BritBox has also appointed Neill Torbit, former lead creative at British telecommunications company Sky, to serve as creative lead.

The news come just a week after the SVOD secured its first wave of UK distribution deals with Samsung, Freeview Play and YouView.

Reemah Sakaan, group director of SVOD at ITV,  is responsible for leading the UK launch. She reports to Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television, who has overall commissioning responsibility for BritBox.

Michael Smith tapped for executive post at (co)laboratory

ESPN host Michael Smith has joined sports-focused studio (co)laboratory as executive vice president and chief content officer.

Smith will play a leading role in the development of original content across formats (digital, audio, OTT, film and TV). (co)laboratory plans to develop scripted and unscripted content.

He will provide creative direction, identify business opportunities and revenue-driving initiatives, while also assisting with on-camera development training for athletes. Smith will also continue as on-air talent.

At ESPN, Smith held a number of roles including reporter, insider, commentator, host, anchor and executive producer.

A+E Networks options Marrying Millions to UK prodco

A+E Networks has optioned the docuformat Marrying Millions to Seven Studios UK, the recently launched production arm of Australia’s Seven West Media.

Marrying Millions follows couples where half of each has “extreme wealth” and the other does not. Before the couples can fully commit to each other, they must immerse themselves in each other’s worlds and decide whether its true love or “all about the money.”

The original series’ second season was recently greenlit on the A+E Networks-owned American pay-TV channel Lifetime.

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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