London-headquartered Viacom International Studios UK (VIS UK) has named former MultiStory Media executive Richard Hastings as head of non-scripted programming.
In the newly created posting, Hastings (pictured) will be tasked with managing the development and production of all non-scripted programming for Viacom’s channels and streaming platforms in the UK, as well as for third-party partners.
Additionally, the veteran industry exec will be responsible for building out a non-scripted team while working closely alongside commissioners and in-house teams to grow existing brands and create new series and specials.
Hastings joins VIS UK in February and reports directly to managing director Jill Offman.
Most recently, Hastings served as creative director of entertainment and specials at ITV Studios-owned MultiStory Media (formerly Shiver). During his four-year tenure there, his production credits included ITV’s All Star Musicals, the BBC’s Britain’s Best Junior Doctors, Quest Red’s Katie Price: My Crazy Life and Channel 4′s My Millionaire Migrant Boss.
Prior to ITV, Hastings was head of factual entertainment development and executive producer at BBC Entertainment where he created such formats as BBC3′s Don’t Drop the Baby and Young Talent of the Year, and BBC2′s You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. Before this, he was head of development at Prospect Pictures where he devised BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and C4′s Take Away My Takeaway.
“Richard has an impressive track record for creating non-scripted content for both in-house and third-party commissioners and brings with him significant expertise and invaluable experience,” said Offman in a statement. “Richard joins us at a time of ambitious growth and having someone dedicated to non-scripted will not only drive our award-winning production studios to the next level but ensures that we deliver the highest quality programming to audiences across the UK and beyond.”