Following its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of Shed Media Group, Warner Bros TV Group and Warner Bros UK said today they are renaming the UK-based production outfit Warner Bros Television Productions UK. Key execs Nick Emmerson and Claire Hungate also have been tapped to lead the new entity, with Emmerson to serve as Managing Director and Hungate named Co-Managing Director.
Emmerson and Hungate will succeed current Shed Media Group CEO Nick Southgate, who has decided to leave the company upon the completion of the transaction. When the deal is sealed, WBTVG will take full ownership of one of the UK’s largest production companies, which is comprised of Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty Television, Ricochet, Watershed Television, Renegade Pictures, Yalli and Headstrong Pictures.
In his new position, Emmerson will report to WBTVG President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth on all creative matters, and he will work closely with Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. Emmerson will be responsible for the overall operation of the new company and will have a primary focus on creative affairs across the group, with the heads of Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Ricochet, Watershed, Renegade, Yalli and Headstrong reporting to him.
Emmerson will also continue to expand the company’s creative collaboration with WBTVG’s U.S. production units such as Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television (including Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Telepictures and Shed Media US) as well as Warner Bros. Television and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
Hungate will serve as the company’s top business, strategy and operations executive. In her role, Hungate will primarily be responsible for the business, strategic and financial matters of the company, working closely with the heads and executives of Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Ricochet, Watershed, Renegade, Yalli and Headstrong on strategic and operational plans for the group. She will report to Nick Emmerson, and together they will work closely with Ronald Goes, EVP and Head of International Television Production, in managing the business.
In a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution President Jeffrey R. Schlesinger and Warner Bros. Television Group Business and Strategy President Craig Hunegs said: “With the completion of the full acquisition of Shed Media Group, we are excited to operate the company now under the Warner Bros. brand as a fully integrated part of the Warner Bros. Television Group. Nick and Claire, with their shared experience and complementary creative and strategic business skill sets, will form an undeniable team and prove to be great leaders for the future of Warner Bros. Television Productions UK. We look forward to continued success across the globe with the combination of our U.S., UK and international television production businesses, including the recently acquired Eyeworks Group and the BlazHoffski Group.”
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