Fremantle’s Naked Poachers Two Development Chief
Fremantle UK’s unwritten company Naked has hired Twofour’s Chief Development Officer, Natalie McArdle, as its new Chief Development Officer. She reports to Naked Creative Director Tom O’Brien and will take up the post in February. She has only been with Twofour a year after being part of ITV Studios from Sony-backed Electric Ray where O’Brien previously worked. McArdle’s credits include the BBC / Netflix series My Million Pound Menu and Channel 4’s Alone at Home. Fatima Salaria, CEO of Naked, said: “She exudes energy and passion and her experience in developing inspiring ideas and producing great content is what we are excited about at Naked.”
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MBC Group orders series of ‘Life On Mars’ writers
Middle Eastern entertainment company MBC Group is preparing for the premiere of the biggest Saudi series to date from fast-growing Arab streamer Shahid. Tony Jordan, the acclaimed British writer of shows like Life On Mars, Dickensian and Hustle, created the eight-part series called Rashash. Shot in Saudi Arabia, it tells the story of a notorious murderer and drug dealer who was caught by the police in Saudi Arabia in the late 1980s. Sheikha Suha Al Khalifa and Richard Bellamy co-wrote the multi-million dollar series, while Collin Teague (Doctor Who) is the director. Weekly episodes will be posted on Shahid VIP starting January 21st.
Israel’s Reshet 13 launches international TV unit
Israeli TV company Reshet 13 has launched an international TV branch that will work with broadcasters, producers and distributors to develop formats and series for Reshet and the global market. 13Global, based in Tel Aviv, is headed by Ami Glam, Reshet’s VP of Content. The company states that it is already developing three projects with international partners. These include the dating format Find Me Somebody To Love, the drama Blackspace and the factual entertainment series Kings of the Kitchen. “Reshet 13 brings 13Global to market at a time when the international television content distribution market is thriving and has great potential for global success. We tend to use the Reshet platform as a testing ground for new and compelling content that can be customized around the world, ”said Glam.