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RDF brings on Sockanathan, Smales to lead quiz- and game-show development

Banijay UK label RDF has brought on Andy Sockanathan and James Smales as head of development and senior development producer, respectively, with a mandate to expand the prodco’s quiz- and game-show ...
June 20, 2022

Banijay UK label RDF has brought on Andy Sockanathan and James Smales as head of development and senior development producer, respectively, with a mandate to expand the prodco’s quiz- and game-show slate. They will report to creative director Rachel Arnold and creative director of development Jon Green.

Sockanathan (pictured right) previously led quiz- and game-show development at ITV Studios label Potato, where he co-created the formats Beat the Chasers and Winning Combination, both of which aired on ITV. He has also held development roles at BBC Studios, Studio Lambert’s Glitterbox, Twofour and Endemol Shine UK’s Initial, where he co-created the format Tenable.

Smales (pictured left), meanwhile, arrives at RDF having served in development positions at Hungry Bear Media, Objective Media Group and Bandicoot TV. He is credited as co-creator of Channel 4′s The Answer Trap, and has development producer credits on such shows as ITV’s The Masked Singer UK and The Million Pound Cube, Test Drive for BBC Scotland, and Lingo for ITV in the UK and CBS in the U.S.

“Andy and James join RDF at an exciting time, as we look to re-energize and expand our quiz- and game-show offering,” Arnold said. “They both have amazing creative minds, and their combined experience working on some of the biggest shows around will generate some brilliant ideas.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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