Amelia Pulsford Tapped As Director Of Content at Sharp UK
Amelia Pulsford has been named director of content for the newly formed London branch of Core Media‘s Sharp Entertainment. Reality producer Sharp, whose credits include Man V. Food, Extreme Couponing, Bad Ink and Doomsday Preppers, is launching Sharp UK to expand into the competitive European space. Pulsford previously worked for Sharp Entertainment in the U.S. as a producer on Fortune Diggers and Punkin Chunkin, among others. She has also been a producer on Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell and Car Vs. Wild for Discovery International. She will work closely with American Idol parent CORE Media’s UK-based international team.
CNBC’s ‘The Edge’ Focuses On Long-Term Tech Investments
CNBC is launching a new half-hour series looking at long-term investment opportunities created by today’s technological innovations. The Edge will be fronted by network reporters including Ross Westgate, Martin Song, Karen Tso and Carolin Roth, who will travel to various locales to find “the next big thing”. The monthly show debuts September 25 across CNBC in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the U.S. It will be produced and edited from CNBC’s London regional HQ and be complemented by special reports on CNBC.com.
Pivot Bringing Canal Plus’ ‘Bref’ To The U.S.
Participant Media-owned cable channel Pivot has acquired Canal Plus series Bref for the U.S. The shortcom of 82 episodes was created by Kyan Khojandi and Bruno Muschio and stars Khojandi. It will air in French with English subtitles, the second recent series to be picked up for U.S. television distribution after Canal Plus’ full-length The Returned. The show follows the trials and tribulations of Khojandi’s Parisian thirtysomething. Bref, which can mean “so” or “anyway” in everyday parlance, is distributed by Lagardère Entertainment Rights.
Let’s Talk About Channel 4’s ‘Sex Box’
Britain’s Channel 4 is pushing the envelope this fall with Sex Box. The new show is part of its Campaign For Real Sex season and will see three separate couples have full intercourse inside an opaque and soundproof cube that’s inside a TV studio. Afterward, they’ll emerge and have an “open and adult” conversation with host Mariella Frostrup in front of a live audience. The Real Sex season is intended to focus on the effect that pornography is having on people’s expectations of sex. Sex Box is “a rather mischievous, fun idea that actually allows sex to be completely private, but the conversation to be truthful and immediate,” said Channel 4 commissioning editor David Glover, according to the BBC. The one-off show airs October 7.
Havva Eisenbaum Off The Fence’s LA Ops As VP Development
Amsterdam-headquartered Off The Fence has hired Havva Eisenbaum as VP Development for its nascent LA production office. The company is keen to expand its output from North America, and Eisenbaum will develop formats to be pitched to U.S. broadcasters. She is the second person hired in LA following Fareed Elcott, who recently joined the senior production team there. Eisenbaum previously spent eight years at PB&J Television, where she headed up development and produced or developed nonfiction series and specials, including the CW’s Blonde Charity Mafia, HGTV’s The Auction House, Oxygen’s Bachelorette Party Las Vegas and Logo’s Bad Sex. Recent Off The Fence U.S. commissions include Generation Cryo (MTV), Obese And Expecting (TLC), and Stan Lee’s Superhumans (History).