Tony Tackaberry is stepping down from Lion Television USA after more than 17 years with the New York-based prodco backed by All3Media, Realscreen has confirmed.
Tackaberry (pictured) is to step down from his post as CEO of the American offshoot at the end of January to explore a new venture. The veil on that new project will be lifted in the coming weeks, but Tackaberry will continue to collaborate with Lion on some existing projects.
“I’m eternally grateful to Nick, Richard and everyone at Lion for giving me the chance to lead Lion U.S. for what’s been an amazing run. While I’ll miss so many great colleagues, I’m really proud that I’m leaving the company in great shape and more than capable hands – Stan and Allison are wonderful friends and brilliant executives. I’m genuinely excited about the future and look forward to sharing more soon,” said Tackaberry in a statement.
As chief executive officer, Tackaberry has been responsible for overseeing Lion’s operations throughout America. Under his stewardship, the factual producer most recently rebooted its global Cash Cab format for Bravo, which brings the U.S. version to over 500 episodes, and produced true crime content with multiple series broadcasting across Investigation Discovery, including Dead Reckoning, Diabolical, Crimes Gone Viral and Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall.
Tackaberry was also responsible for ushering Lion TV back to its premium docs roots during his nearly two decades with the company with Smithsonian Channel’s Just One Man, which follows the life of James H. Meredith, the first African American man to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962.
Lion TV’s further credits with Tackaberry at the helm include PBS’s History Detectives and America Revealed, BBC America’s Royally Mad, MTV’s MegaDrive, Discovery Channel’s It Takes a Thief, and Animal Planet’s Miami Animal Police, among others.
Before joining Lion, Tackaberry worked for major international production companies including Endemol, Freemantle and Tiger Aspect. With over two decades of television experience, his other credits include Michael Owen – Close Up (Sky), The Life Laundry (BBC), Clean Sweep on TLC, Metroland and The People’s Vets among dozens more.
“Tony joined Lion 17 years ago as the launch series producer of History Detectives when Lion U.S. was just a start-up,” added Nick Catliff, chief content officer for Lion Television UK. “He steered that first show brilliantly through its 10 year run on PBS and, since then, he has taken the leading role in the many successes of Lion USA not least the multi-Emmy winning Cash Cab. Tony has been a great friend and colleague and he leaves our U.S. business in very good health with a strong slate of new productions and in the very capable hands of Allison (Corn) and Stan (Hsue). We wish him well in the future”.