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Personnel moves: changes at Cardiff Productions; Hearst Media names new VP

Cardiff Productions shifts senior management structure Wales-based Cardiff Productions has announced a change in the structure of its senior management team with the aim of supporting the strategic growth of the ...
April 21, 2022

Cardiff Productions shifts senior management structure

Wales-based Cardiff Productions has announced a change in the structure of its senior management team with the aim of supporting the strategic growth of the prodco.

Co-founder and co-managing director Narinder Minhas will now assume leadership of the company as the new CEO, while fellow co-founder Pat Younge will shift from co-managing director to the role of non-executive director, where he will focus on company strategy while developing his portfolio of external commitments. Both changes are effective immediately.

“We’ve got a hugely talented Welsh team and have recently experienced significant growth, with wide-ranging interest in our approach to making bold, diverse programming,” said Minhas (pictured left) in a release. “Now is the perfect time for us to focus on the strategic development of the company. Pat will use his experience and insight to help shape the company’s strategy, and I’m excited to be working with him in this new capacity.”

In his new role, Younge will work with Minhas on the strategic development of the company. In January 2020, Younge was named chair of the governing body of Cardiff University, and he chairs The British Broadcasting Challenge, a campaign aimed at supporting the continuation of British public service broadcasting. He is also a non-executive director of ITV Studios.

“Narinder has been the creative driving force behind the company for some time, so I am thrilled to be making our change of roles official with this announcement,” said Younge. “Cardiff Productions is delivering some really provocative and innovative programming, the development pipeline is strong, and creatively the team is on fire. I’m excited I can continue to make a contribution to the company’s success in this new role.”

Hearst Media Production Group ups Jessica Mathies to VP, development

Jessica Mathies has been promoted to vice president, development at Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG). She previously served as an executive producer, in which capacity she initiated, developed and produced special projects for HMPG parent Hearst Television.

In her new role, Mathies (pictured right) will focus on unscripted program development for TV stations, broadcast and cable networks and streaming services. She’ll also supervise creative production on series pilots, as well as the first season of new unscripted series.

Mathies joined Hearst Television in 2018 from NYC-based prodco Park Slope Productions, where she was EVP of development. Prior to that, she was the East Coast director of development for Entertainment One, where she developed shows for OWN, Investigation Discovery and UP TV. She has also held various production positions at companies including Original Media, Metal Flowers Media and Johlt Productions.

“Jessica has strong creative instincts for finding unique and compelling talent and stories,” said Angelica Rosas McDaniel, HMPG EVP and general manager, entertainment, in a release. “As we bring together our new team, including VP, development Jeffrey Wank, we’re excited about upcoming projects that will engage the creative community and our national partners.”

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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