MGM Television has furthered its push into the unscripted and documentary markets with the hiring of former Two Halves Pictures executive Richard Bedser.
The Emmy-nominated Bedser boards the company as EVP of factual series, documentaries and specials. He reports into Barry Poznick, MGM’s president of unscripted & alternative television and Orion Television, and will be based out of the company’s newly launched London headquarters.
MGM’s international unscripted division is focused on local development of the studios’ formats and the development of original IP targeted for UK broadcast.
Bedser co-founded Two Halves alongside veteran industry executive Gina Cronk in 2016 where he was joint managing director. The factual and drama indie producer was backed by All3Media a year later. Two Halves, however, has since closed its doors.
Prior to launching Two Halves Pictures, Bedser worked as showrunner alongside Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on History’s The Bible miniseries. In addition, he showran the 12-part follow-up drama A.D. for NBC and exec produced the feature film Son of God.
Bedser also spent five years at Burnett and Downey’s LightWorkers Media as MD and creative director. His further credits include writer of the Emmy-winning Gettysburg for History, and writer and director of Ocean of Fear for Discovery’s ‘Shark Week.’
“Richard is a prolific producer whose knowledge and experience working in both the U.S. and UK markets will be invaluable to us as we continue to expand MGM TV’s unscripted footprint internationally,” said Poznick in a statement. “He has a proven track record in creating powerful and commercially successful documentary series and specials across multiple networks, and we’re excited to launch our new international docs division under his stewardship.”
“Roma and I are delighted that Richard has re-joined us. Every time we’ve worked together it’s resulted in critical and commercial successes and we know that’s about to happen again in an even bigger way,” added Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM’s Worldwide Television.