Former Objective MD Joins King of Sunshine
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Sandler, a former MD of Peep Show and The Cube producer Objective Media Group, has joined the leisure indie run by former BBC commissioner Sohail Shah. Sandler joins King of Sunshine Productions as a Non-Exec Director and can assist run the outfit, which has produced ITV’s Agatha & Poirot: Partners in Crime and Britain’s Favourite Detective, whereas just lately selecting up the rights to Sharna Jackson youngsters novel High-Rise Mystery. Sandler grew to become Objective Productions (now Objective Media Group) MD in 2005 shortly earlier than the outfit was acquired by All3Media and held the position for 10 years, overseeing a interval of progress with exhibits akin to hit Channel 4 cult comedy Peep Show, Derren Brown and ITV gameshow format The Cube. In 2015, he grew to become COO of three ITV Studios-backed labels below the Cats on the Roof banner, labels that are actually being wound down by ITV following the conclusion of the founders’ earn-out. Shah mentioned: “I’ve enjoyed working with Paul on various projects over the years. As King of Sunshine Productions enters its third year, it felt the perfect time to add Paul’s incredible experience to the company to help us grow further.” Shah launched King of Sunshine in 2019 after a stint as a BBC Entertainment Commissioner.
BBC Studios-backed Firebird Signs ‘Murdered By My Father’ Exec
Highly-rated Murdered By My Father and Killed By My Debt exec Aysha Rafaele has left her BBC Studios drama arm to hitch BBC Studios-backed Firebird Pictures, the label run by former Bodyguard commissioner Elizabeth Kilgarriff. Rafaele will carry her growth slate along with her when she joins later this month, having additionally been behind highly effective BBC movies akin to The Left Behind and Murdered For Being Different. The former Louis Theroux documentary exec has turn out to be identified for this string of social realist factual dramas over time, successful a number of awards, and was handed her personal BBC Studios drama division in 2018. Firebird Pictures, which was additionally arrange in 2018, is behind BBC1’s upcoming Wahala tailored by Theresa Ikoko and Marnie Dickens’ Wilderness for Amazon, each of which can shoot this 12 months. “Aysha’s passion for championing the next generation of British storytellers makes her a natural fit for us, and her bold and ambitious slate brings a rich seam of new ideas and talent to Firebird,” mentioned Kilgarriff. Firebird just lately employed a Director of Production and Development Executive.
Expectation Combines Comedy Ent And Ent; Signs James Donkim
This Is MY House and Big Narstie Show producer Expectation has mixed its comedy leisure and leisure groups into one below Creative Director Ben Wicks, bringing in James Donkin from Lego Masters producer Tuesday’s Child. Donkin will take up the Director of Development position in a reshuffle that has additionally seen Rhe-an Archibald promoted to Exec Producer and Amy Dallmeyer proceed to develop her slate as Head of Development. Expectation, which is run by Tim Hincks and Peter Fincham, is within the midst of manufacturing a second sequence of Richard Bacon BBC1 format This Is MY House whereas Channel 4 every day daytime present Steph’s Packed Lunch has been prolonged and The Big Narstie Show just lately received a BAFTA.
Little Dot Creates Sport Label
All3Media backed digital indie Little Dot has launched a sport label. Little Dot Sport will companion on content material with sporting federations world wide and already has 28 shoppers, together with The FA, Formula E and the England & Wales Cricket Board. Director of Sport Robbie Spargo will head up the label, which builds on Little Dot’s 2020 acquisition of sports activities manufacturing firm WING.