Monday, November 25, 2019

Viacom International Studios UK Taps Richard Hastings as Head of Non-Scripted Programming

Reflecting the recent surge of business at the content giant’s BAFTA award-winning subsidiary, Viacom International Studios UK (VIS UK) has hired Richard Hastings as its head of non-scripted programming.

In the newly created posting, the former MultiStory Media executive is to oversee the development and production of all non-scripted output for Viacom channels and platforms in the UK as well as third-party partners.

Additionally, the veteran industry exec, who will start in his new post in February 2020, will be responsible for building out a non-scripted team while working closely alongside commissioners and in-house teams to grow existing brands and create new series and specials.

He will report into Jill Offman, Managing Director (MD) for VIS UK.

Most recently, Hastings served as creative director of entertainment and specials at ITV Studios-owned MultiStory Media (formerly Shiver).

During his four-year tenure there, his production credits included All Star Musicals (ITV), Britain’s Best Junior Doctors (BBC), Katie Price: My Crazy Life (Quest Red) and My Millionaire Migrant Boss (C4).

Prior to ITV, Hastings was head of factual entertainment development and executive producer at BBC Entertainment where he created such formats as BBC3′s Don’t Drop the Baby and Young Talent of the Year, and BBC2′s You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. Before this, he was head of development at Prospect Pictures where he devised BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and C4′s Take Away My Takeaway.

“Richard has an impressive track record for creating non-scripted content for both in-house and third-party commissioners and brings with him significant expertise and invaluable experience," said Offman in a statement.

“Richard joins us at a time of ambitious growth and having someone dedicated to non-scripted will not only drive our award-winning production studios to the next level but ensures that we deliver the highest quality programming to audiences across the UK and beyond.”

Hastings added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Jill and the team at Viacom International Studios UK. This is an exciting time for a studio that has already produced a slate of exciting programming and has a clear vision for the future. I can’t wait to play my part in its future success.”

Last week Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) appointed Pierluigi Gazzolo as president of OTT International and VIS.

Gazzolo, who has worked at Viacom since 2009, is currently President of VIMN Americas and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Nickelodeon International. Under his leadership, VIS was launched following the 2016 acquisitions of Telefe and Porta dos Fundos.

In his new role, Gazzolo will initially focus on accelerating the rollout of streaming service Pluto TV across international markets, starting with its Latin America launch in early 2020.

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Sources: TBI Vision, Realscreen, C21 Media, Rapid TV News.
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