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Sperber to get dramatic at Mentorn

BBC vet has been hired to expand indie's slate

LONDON — Former Disney and HBO exec Elaine Sperber will join British indie Mentorn when she steps down from her present job as head of drama at the BBC’s children’s arm, CBBC.

Sperber, whose BBC credits include “Pig Heart Boy” and “Stig of the Dump,” is being hired to expand Mentorn’s drama slate.

She said: “One of the reasons I wanted to leave the BBC after 6½ years is because I want to broaden what I do. I don’t want to give up making children’s or family shows, but I do want to do adult drama as well, and to work for other broadcasters.”

Sperber will join Mentorn in September and work alongside drama topper David Aukin.

At the BBC, she oversaw more than 50 drama serials. Prior to that, Sperber worked at HBO Pictures, producing films including “Perfect Witness” and “Framed.”

At Disney, she was head of drama for Buena Vista. She also has produced Emmy Award-winning dramas for ABC, CBS and NBC.

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