Granada revamping Oz outpost

Co. focuses on light, factual, reality-style formats

SYDNEY — Granada’s Australian outpost is being restructured, resulting in the relocation of its head office from Melbourne to Sydney and the exit of managing director Peter Davey.

Also, Granada has disclosed that its contract with Melbourne-based drama producer CoxKnight Prods. is ending in September.

Rory Callaghan, director of programs, is being upped to managing director, replacing Davey, who is ankling in September.

“We are currently in a very strong position, so it’s the right time for the move,” said Jane Turton, commercial director of international formats and entertainment for Granada Media. “It will allow the company to consolidate its resources in Sydney. There will now be a much stronger focus on light entertainment, factual and reality-style formats, bringing our local production into line with current international television trends.”

Said Callaghan: “We are keen to expand our business with a range of new formats for variety shows, gameshows and reality programs. We are working on several innovative projects with the major networks that will be on air in the coming months. Granada is committed to strengthening Australian television production on a world scale.”

Davey commented: “I am extremely proud of what our team has accomplished since Granada Prods. was launched less than two years ago. A slate which includes ‘Greeks on the Roof,’ ‘Dossa & Joe,’ ‘The World Comedy Tour’ and, through our association with CoxKnight, ‘After the Deluge,’ ‘CrashBurn’ and ‘Worst Best Friends’ speaks for itself.”

As well as developing new projects, the Sydney office will continue to be the local resource for international Granada productions, including “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.” Two series have been filmed in Australia for the U.K. and one for the U.S. A third U.K. series is in the works.