People/Biz

Extra: Expectation expands team; HBO Max France taps senior creative exec

Expectation’s senior team expands with promotions, new hire UK-based indie Expectation is expanding its senior team as it merges its comedy entertainment and entertainment teams into a single department. James Donkin (pictured ...
January 13, 2022

Expectation’s senior team expands with promotions, new hire

UK-based indie Expectation is expanding its senior team as it merges its comedy entertainment and entertainment teams into a single department.

James Donkin (pictured left), formerly head of development at Tuesday’s Child, is joining the company as director of development, where he will generate his own slate of new ideas. Rhe-an Archibald (pictured center) has been promoted to the position of the entertainment department’s new in-house showrunning executive producer, straddling development and production. Amy Dallmeyer (pictured right) will continue to grow her slate as head of development.

All three will report directly to Expectation creative director Ben Wicks, who said in a news release: “The last year has been a whirlwind of success thanks to our amazing development team: Amy’s unrivalled energy and ever-inventive mind has developed Munya Chawawa’s Race Around Britain and It’s Clarkson on TV. Rhe-an developed the BAFTA-winning duo The Big Narstie Show and The Lateish Show, SP-ing the latter impeccably, so I’m elated to be making her EP.

“Finally, I’m utterly delighted to be adding to that stellar team the incredibly talented James Donkin — evidently one of the finest format brains in Britain.”

WarnerMedia taps Clémentine Bobin for HBO Max France role

WarnerMedia International has announced the hiring of Clémentine Bobin to the position of senior creative executive, where she will work across development and creative production for original HBO Max content commissioned and produced in France.

Bobin will be based in Paris, joining Vera Peltekian, who was appointed VP and commissioning editor of original production France for WarnerMedia International in October 2021. Peltekian is responsible for all original HBO Max programming commissioned and produced in France.

Before joining HBO Max, Bobin was a drama commissioning editor and executive producer at pubcaster Arte France. Prior to joining the channel in 2017, she worked for The Tunnel co-producer Shine France Films as head of development.

“I’m excited to welcome Clémentine to the team,” said Peltekian in a release. “She brings a wealth of experience in producing world-class stories which resonate in France and beyond. Clémentine’s appointment is a major milestone in building our development capability in France.”

Added Bobin: “I am honored and delighted to be joining HBO Max, and to work with Vera Peltekian to help develop a slate of French original programming that is bold, talent-driven, distinctive and exciting. As we move forward in France, I look forward to being a part of HBO Max’s continued commitment to the very best stories and storytellers worldwide.”

WildEarth launches on Samsung TV Plus in several European countries

Interactive wildlife channel WildEarth TV is launching on Samsung TV Plus in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden.

The WildEarth channel combines authentic and live, interactive wildlife content, including twice-daily live safaris direct from locations like South Africa’s Djuma Game Reserve and live broadcasts studying the African penguin colonies on the Cape Coast.

Samsung TV Plus is a FAST service that doesn’t require a subscription or sign-up, and comes pre-installed on all Samsung Smart TVs manufactured from 2016 to 2021.

“WildEarth is all about enabling viewers to enjoy experiences in nature from their home. This authentic style of content allows people to understand our wild places and in turn help to conserve our beautiful home,” said Graham Wallington, CEO of WildEarth TV, in a release. “This partnership with a leading FAST operator in Samsung TV Plus is a major step in achieving this as more people are finding connected TVs as their primary source of entertainment.”

About The Author

Menu

Search