Working Title Television has recruited Andrew Stearn, formerly president of television at John Wells Productions, to run its U.S. operation.
Stearn is set to join the company this week as president of Working Title Television U.S. He’ll work closely with Working Title Films founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as well as Liza Chasin, Working Title’s president of U.S. production. His mandate is to work with creative talent and broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic to develop a range of projects and co-productions.
Based in London and Los Angeles, Working Title Television is a joint venture between NBCUniversal International Studios and Bevan and Fellner. Stearn will work closely in that capacity with Michael Edelstein, president of NBCU International Studios, and JoAnn Alfano, exec VP of scripted programming.
Working Title has taken a few stabs at the U.S. TV market. It has a limited series, “You, Me and the End of the World,” set to air on NBC later this season. For the previous two seasons Working Title produced the adaptation of “About a Boy” for NBC.
“With his wealth of experience, (Stearn) is perfectly placed to advance our label’s potential in television production,” Bevan and Fellner said in a statement.
Stearn’s hiring follows the departure of Gina Girolamo, who joined Working Title in Los Angeles last October as exec VP of television. But she exited the company in July to return to Alloy Media, where she’d worked before signing on with Working Title.
“I am thrilled to be joining such a well-established and recognized production company,” Stearn said. “And I hope my collaboration with Working Title is as long and prosperous as my time with John Wells.”
Projects that stem from Working Title Television will be distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution.
Michael Edelstein, NBCUniversal International Studios president, called Stearn “a skilled executive who commands an encyclopedic knowledge of the TV business, with strong and established relationships with writers.”
Stearn spent more than 15 years with John Wells Productions, steering the company’s TV series and pilot development activity. He served as a producer on NBC’s “The West Wing” and “Third Watch” and as a exec producer of NBC/TNT’s “Southland” and Showtime’s “Shameless.”
“It’s been a pleasure working with Andrew Stearn through these many years and successes,” Wells said. “He’s a terrific executive who I’m sure will have much more success in the years to come.”