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,
Dick Wolf is branching out. The uber producer and NBC MVP, who has five drama series on the peacock network, has received a 13-episode order at CBS for a new procedural drama slated for launch during the 2018-2019 season. It will be Wolf’s first drama series to launch on a network other than NBC in 15 years, since the 2003 Dragnet reboot on ABC.
The new series, tentatively titled F.B.I., will chronicle the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be a co-production between Universal Television, where Wolf has been based for a long time, and CBS TV Studios.
Former The Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk, will write the pilot episode and will serve as showrunner. He is one of the top drama writers on CBS TV Studios’ roster and was recommended for the job by that studio.
Oxygen Media is adding four new original series with greenlights announced today. The moves come after the network ordered Strut, a new original series about fashion models working with Slay Model Management, which bills itself as the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency. That series, from exec producer Whoopi Goldberg and 44 Blue Productions, is scheduled to premiere this year.
The new series unveiled today include Three Days To Live, which will join and expand Oxygen’s true-crime programming block that runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The docu-series chronicles the critical 72 hours after someone is abducted. Also greenlighted are the millennial-focused competition series Last Squad Standing and The Battle Of The Ex Besties, which will test how far women will go to protect their friendships; and Unprotected, a docu-comedy featuring a family raising two teenagers under very different conditions — in and