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44 Blue Productions taps Dan Snook as SVP, development

Indie prodco 44 Blue Productions has tapped television exec Dan Snook as senior vice-president of development.

Snook will work with the development team on the creation and sale of new ideas across cable, broadcast, syndication and digital platforms as the company looks to expand its slate into new genres.

The exec comes to 44 Blue from Warner Bros./Shed Media where he was SVP, development. In that role, Snook oversaw Shed’s multi-genre slate, developing and selling shows such as Lifetime’s Child Genius and Glam Masters; Oxygen’s Criminal Confessions; NBC’s First Dates and Genius Junior, and content for VH1, Discovery, E! and more.

Before joining Shed, Snook served as SVP of development at UK indie Firecracker Films, shepherding the company’s U.S. strategy, generating original IP and helping in the sale of Firecracker to Tinopolis.

He started his career at 3Ball as a development producer

Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2018/01/29/44-blue-productions-taps-dan-snook-as-svp-development/

44 Blue opens door to Shed’s Snook

Red Arrow’s 44 Blue Productions, the US firm behind AE’s Wahlburgers, has hired a Shed Media executive to oversee development.

Dan Snook

Dan Snook has joined 44 Blue as senior VP of development having held the same role at Warner Bros-owned Shed since 2013.

Snook will work with 44 Blue’s development team on the creation and sale of ideas across cable, broadcast, syndication and digital platforms.

During his time at Shed, Snook developed and sold shows such as Lifetime’s Child Genius, Oxygen’s Criminal Confessions and NBC’s First Dates.

Prior to that, Snook served as senior VP of development at UK indie Firecracker Films, directing its US strategy, generating original IP and helping in the sale of Firecracker to Tinopolis in 2012.

He began his career at reality entertainment producer 3Ball and is credited with creating Spike’s long-running Bar Rescue format.

“Besides a wealth of multi-genre experience, Dan brings a fresh

Read more at: http://www.c21media.net/44-blue-opens-door-to-sheds-snook/

Happy New Year! Here are 41 reality shows debuting this week


Happy New Year! It’s Jan. 1, and though it doesn’t seem like a Monday—I will probably not know what day it is all week—it’s the start of a new year, a new week, and many, many reality TV shows.

I count 41: Yes, almost two days worth of reality, unscripted, and documentary series debut episodes in just one week.

The final weeks of December are among my favorite not just because of the holidays, but because television, and the television industry, take their only annual break. I love that respite from new episodes or shows. It allows me to do other things, like organize cabinets while I watch marathons of old favorites (The Twilight Zone, The Golden Girls).

I wouldn’t mind this hiatus lasting a few more weeks. But like 2017, it’s over. There’s a lot on the way this week, beginning with The Bachelor tonight. (If you need a refresher on Bachelor tropes,

Read more at: https://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/2018/01/this-week-in-reality-tv-jan-1-to-7/

The 10 Best True Crime Shows And Movies From 2017

The true crime revival has been a much-publicized phenomenon, and 2017 proved that the genre isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This year, filmmakers and TV producers elevated the genre with a handful of gorgeously shot documentaries and movies, alongside thoughtful and reflective television series. 

Here are the top 10 films and series that raised the bar in 2017:

1. “Casting JonBenét”

An avant-garde experiment, “Casting JonBenét” is a true documentary about the casting process behind the dramatizations within the documentary itself. By the end of the movie, the concept devolves into pure surrealism, but not before the characters give their own personal takes on the infamous murder case that shook America.

2. “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks”

Taking a new look at one of the most brutal serial killers in history, this two-part special explored the psyche of the notorious cannibal through interviews with the man himself. Was he

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/best-true-crime-TV-shows-movies-2017

Hesling named president of Maverick US

All3Media-owned production company Maverick TV has appointed a former BBC and Warner Bros exec as president of its US arm.

John Hesling

As president of Maverick TV USA, John Hesling will oversee a team developing and launching programmes for the US market as well as shopping formats created by Maverick in the UK.

Hesling will be based in LA and will report to Maverick CEO Simon Knight and All3Media America CEO Greg Lipstone.

The company is best known in the US for series Chrisley Knows Best and its spin-off According to Chrisley, which air on USA Network.

Hesling was previously senior VP of programming at Shed Media/Warner Bros Television, where he had creative oversight of the company’s output.

Prior to that, the Bafta- and Rose d’Or-nominated producer spent 14 years with the BBC in London, New York and LA, where he developed and produced content including BBC2 hit Dragon’s Den.

In

Read more at: https://www.c21media.net/hesling-named-maverick-us-president/

Maverick TV USA Names John Hesling As President

Maverick TV USA has a new boss. Veteran producer John Hesling has been named president of the unit, tasked with developing and launching new programs for American audiences as well as driving value from formats created by Maverick TV’s UK office.

Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Maverick CEO Simon Knight and All3Media America CEO Greg Lipstone.

Hesling most recently was SVP Programming at Shed Media/Warner Bros Television, where he had creative oversight of the company’s output. Before that, he spent 14 years at the BBC in London, New York and Los Angeles, where he developed, produced and directed documentaries and factual entertainment formats filmed in a dozen countries, as well as the first two seasons of the BBC2 reality show Dragons’ Den. In the U.S., he has developed and produced shows for ABC, NBC, Lifetime, Oxygen,

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/12/maverick-tv-usa-names-john-hesling-president-1202220776/

John Hesling Named President Of Maverick TV USA | Deadline

Maverick TV USA has a new boss. Veteran producer John Hesling has been named president of the unit, tasked with developing and launching new programs for American audiences as well as driving value from formats created by Maverick TV’s UK office.

Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Maverick CEO Simon Knight and All3Media America CEO Greg Lipstone.

Hesling most recently was SVP Programming at Shed Media/Warner Bros Television, where he had creative oversight of the company’s output. Before that, he spent 14 years at the BBC in London, New York and Los Angeles, where he developed, produced and directed documentaries and factual entertainment formats filmed in a dozen countries, as well as the first two seasons of the BBC2 reality show Dragons’ Den. In the U.S., he has developed and produced shows for ABC, NBC, Lifetime, Oxygen,

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/12/maverick-tv-usa-names-john-hesling-president-1202220776/

Oxygen Expands Original Crime Slate With Four New Projects In Development

Oxygen Media, the network for high-quality crime programming, is expanding its development slate with four new buzzworthy projects.  New series in development include “Up and Vanished,” based on the wildly popular podcast by the same name from Payne Lindsey, “Buzzfeed: Behind the Crime” following true-crime devotee Kelsey Darragh as she investigates unsolved mysteries, “License to Kill” with Dr. Terry Dubrow (“Botched”) examining cases of doctors who have gone over the edge and “Unhinged, hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Troy Roberts and Emmy nominated reporter Stephanie Bauer as they immerse themselves into the nation’s most twisted and suspenseful cases.

“Fans of the crime genre have really responded to the new Oxygen,” said Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President, Development and International, “We’re attracting some of the biggest producers and talent in this space, and we’re looking forward to unveiling our 2018 slate.”

Led by hit original series such as “Cold Justice” “Criminal

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/oxygen-expands-original-crime-slate-with-four-new-projects-in-development

Oxygen Expands Crime Development Slate With Four New Projects Including ‘Up & Vanished’ Based On Podcast

Crime-themed cable network Oxygen is expanding its development slate with four new projects including Up And Vanished (working title), based on Payne Lindsey’s popular podcast from Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate Entertainment.

Also set are Shed Media’s License to Kill (wt) with Botched plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow examining cases of doctors who have gone over the edge; Buzzfeed: Behind the Crime (wt), an investigative series that probes unsolved mysteries kept alive by the Internet; and true-crime series Unhinged (wt), hosted by Emmy-winning journalist Troy Roberts and Emmy-nominated reporter Stephanie Bauer, which tackles the nation’s most twisted and suspenseful cases, from Peacock Productions.

Oxygen Media completed its transformation into a crime-themed cable network last summer when it was officially rebranded as a crime destination network for women for with an all-crime programming slate.

Led by original series such as Cold Justice and Criminal Confessions

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/11/oxygen-crime-development-slate-new-projects-up-vanished-podcast-1202206775/

Oxygen Expands Crime Development Slate With Four New Projects …

Crime-themed cable network Oxygen is expanding its development slate with four new projects including Up And Vanished (working title), based on Payne Lindsey’s popular podcast from Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate Entertainment.

Also set are Shed Media’s License to Kill (wt) with Botched plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow examining cases of doctors who have gone over the edge; Buzzfeed: Behind the Crime (wt), an investigative series that probes unsolved mysteries kept alive by the Internet; and true-crime series Unhinged (wt), hosted by Emmy-winning journalist Troy Roberts and Emmy-nominated reporter Stephanie Bauer, which tackles the nation’s most twisted and suspenseful cases, from Peacock Productions.

Oxygen Media completed its transformation into a crime-themed cable network last summer when it was officially rebranded as a crime destination network for women for with an all-crime programming slate.

Led by original series such as Cold Justice and Criminal Confessions

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/11/oxygen-crime-development-slate-new-projects-up-vanished-podcast-1202206775/