New name and management team for Warner Bros. UK based TV production operation
London and Burbank, California – Following its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of Shed Media Group, the Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) and Warner Bros. UK announced on June 18 a new company name and senior management team for its UK-based television production business. Shed Media Group will be re-branded as Warner Bros. Television Productions UK, and key company executives Nick Emmerson and Claire Hungate have both been promoted to lead the new entity, with Emmerson tapped 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 that will see WBTVG take full ownership of one of the UK’s largest and most successful production companies, which is comprised of Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty Television, Ricochet, Watershed Television, Renegade Pictures, Yalli and Headstrong Pictures.
As Managing Director of the newly named Warner Bros. Television Productions UK, Nick Emmerson will report to WBTVG President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth on all creative matters, and he will work very closely with Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. In his new role, 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 build upon the company’s successful 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.
As Co-Managing Director of Warner Bros. Television Productions UK, Claire 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, Executive Vice President 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.”
Roth, Schlesinger and Hunegs continued: “We also want to thank Nick Southgate for both his Creative and strategic success during his 15 years at the company and especially during the last three years of our partnership.”
Nick Southgate said: “I’ve had a wonderful six years leading this amazing bunch of people and now feel it is time for me to look for a new entrepreneurial challenge. I want to thank everyone at Shed and Warner Bros., and wish them all the best for the future.”
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