After acquiring 100% of the outstanding shares of Shed Media Group, the Warner Bros. Television Group and Warner Bros. U.K. unveiled a new company name and new management team for its U.K.-based TV business.
Shed Media Group will be re-branded Warner Bros. Television Prods. U.K., headed by recently promoted execs Nick Emmerson and Claire Hungate. Emmerson has been tapped to serve as managing director, while Hungate was named co-managing director. The two will replace Shed Media Group CEO Nick Southgate, who will depart once the transaction is complete.
Based on the terms of the deal, WBTVG will take full ownership of the production company, comprising Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty Television, Ricochet, Watershed Television, Renegade Pictures, Yalli and Headstrong Pictures.
Emmerson will report to WBTVG president and chief content officer Peter Roth and will also work closely with Warner Bros. unscripted and alternative television prexy Mike Darnell. He will be responsible for the overall operation of the new company, with primary focus on creative affairs across the group. The heads of Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Ricochet, Watershed, Renegade, Yalli and Headstrong will report to Emmerson. He previously served CEO of Ricochet Television, and prior to that, president of Shed Media U.S.
Hungate will serve as WBTVG’s top business, strategy and operations exec and will be responsible for the business, strategic and financial matters of the company. She will report to Emmerson and work closely with the heads and executives of the unit’s production companies. Hungate has served as COO of Shed Media Group since November 2010.
Both Emmerson and Hungate will work with Ronald Goes, exec VP and head of international television production, in managing the business.
“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,” Roth, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution prexy Jeffrey R. Schlesinger and WBTVG Business and Strategy prexy Craig Hunegs said in a statement. “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.”