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NBCUniversal Moves Tom Coan to London Production Base

LONDON — NBCUniversal International Studios, the Hollywood major’s London-based international production arm that oversees shows like “Downton Abbey,” has promoted Tom Coan to the role of senior VP, and moved him from Los Angeles to London, where he will help strengthen the company’s international scripted output.

Coan was most recently VP, scripted programming, at NBCUniversal International Studios. He previously served as an exec at DreamWorks Television and Fox21. Coan will continue to report to executive VP, scripted programming, JoAnn Alfano.

Coan will work across the development and production of scripted programming within the NBCUniversal International Studio’s portfolio of companies. These include Carnival Films, which is producing forthcoming drama “The Last Kingdom” for the BBC, and created “Downton Abbey”; Lucky Giant, which specializes in comedy and produced Christopher Guest comedy “Family Tree” for BBC and HBO; and Working Title TV. He will also work closely with Keston International Productions and Hardy Son & Baker.

Alfano said: “Tom has excellent relationships with producers, writers and broadcasters in the U.K. and Europe. His knowledge and experience in this growing business will undoubtedly add to our success in the future.”

Michael Edelstein, president NBCUniversal International Studios, said: “Tom has done an outstanding job at NBCU International. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow into this expanded role in our company.”

NBCUniversal International Studios also owns Monkey Kingdom, which produces “Newlyweds: The First Year,” and Channel 4’s hit U.K. reality series “Made in Chelsea”; factual entertainment label Chocolate Media, makers of “The 21st Question” for ITV, “Driving School of Mum and Dad” for Sky and “Inside Manchester’s Midland Hotel” for Channel 5; and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, makers of drama series “The Nowhere Boys,” “The Slap” and “The Real Housewives of Melbourne.”

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