LONDON — Keshet U.K., part of Keshet Intl., has made two key senior appointments as it seeks to grow its U.K. production ambitions. Ashley Blaker joins the team as head of comedy and Kevin Mundye as head of U.K. formats and global consultant.
Mundye will represent and adapt Keshet’s entertainment and factual entertainment formats for U.K. broadcasters, while Blaker will look after Keshet’s comedy slate in the U.K. They will also work alongside Keshet Media Group’s VP content, Ran Telem, and U.K. creative consultant, Dave Morley, to develop new original properties for U.K. television.
Blaker has over 15 years’ experience in comedy and was most recently at John Stanley Prods. where he co-created and co-wrote the forthcoming BBC One series “Pompidou.” He has also co-created, co-written and produced two series of “The Matt Lucas Awards” as well as producing several new series for BBC Radio 4 (“Britain Versus the World,” “2525” and “Chat Show Roulette”) over the last year. Blaker began his career at the BBC where he produced “Little Britain” for Radio 4 and “Rock Profile” for UKTV. He was formerly head of development at So Television and has held development roles at At It Prods., Shine and BBC Comedy.
Mundye joins from his recent post as executive producer at Shine Group’s internal formats division, where he was responsible for driving and managing the international roll out of global formats such as “Biggest Loser,” “One Born Every Minute,” “Got to Dance,” “Clash of the Choirs” and “The Face.” Mundye has also recently worked on a range of game-show projects at Victory Television. His other credits include series producer of ITV1’s “All Star Mr and Mrs” and “Tonight’s the Night” on BBC One.
Sammy Nourmand, COO of Keshet U.K., said “We are committed to building our U.K. operation and will be looking to further beef up our creative team in the U.K. over the coming months.”