David Gyngell, the former topper of Oz’s Nine Network, will become director of Granada USA.
Gyngell takes over from Paul Jackson, who is returning to Blighty to take the newly created post of entertainment and comedy at ITV, Granada’s parent group.
Based in Los Angeles, Gyngell, who ankled as CEO of Nine last May following a spat over interference from rival execs, will oversee Granada Australia and run production in the U.S.
He will aim to build on Jackson’s successful track record, which includes “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Nanny 911” for Fox, “Hit Me Baby One More Time” for NBC and numerous other skeins for cable channels.
“David is an enormously experienced network executive with first-class connections in the U.S.,” said ITV chief exec Charles Allen.
Gyngell, the son of Australia’s late maverick TV topper Bruce Gyngell, said: “It’s a great opportunity for me to work with one of the world’s biggest media companies in one of the most aggressive markets.”
Meanwhile, Jackson’s decision to sign on the dotted line for ITV will come as a relief to Allen and his director of TV, Simon Shaps. The success of ITV1’s entertainment portfolio is crucial to the web’s overall perf.
Jackson, an industry veteran and former head of entertainment at the BBC, is a creative heavyweight much needed by the embattled broadcaster.
“I am delighted to be working with Simon again, and to be joining a team that contains many old and new friends and colleagues,” Jackson said.
“Watching the stunning entertainment lineup on ITV last Saturday night reminded me that there is not a more exciting job in British television,” he added.