In a move that greatly strengthens its international base, Core Media Group has partnered with Simon Shaps, former director of television at ITV, to create and sell formats across the global marketplace. Shaps will serve as managing director of international content and production and will report to Core prexy Marc Graboff.

Shaps, who has commissioned hit U.K. unscripted shows including “Britain’s Got Talent,” will form a team based in London, and, in addition to creating new formats, he will seek investment opportunities, including production companies, for Core.

“Core is committed to bringing its unique approach for creating and developing our own shows to the international market,” Graboff said. “We could not ask for a better partner than Simon Shaps, a true visionary.”