Netflix Hires ITV Commissioner Ben Kelly To Bolster International Non-Scripted Drive

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflixs international non-scripted drive continues as the SVOD service hires former ITV commissioner Ben Kelly to beef up its London programming team.

Deadline understands that Kelly, who was previously an entertainment commissioner at the British linear broadcaster, is joining as manager of nonfiction series. He will be responsible for ordering global entertainment formats out of the UK. He is expected to join imminently.

He has previously handled shows including the return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, The X Factor and comedy clip format Zone of Champions from Sacha Baron Cohens Spelthorne Community Television. Prior to that he was a producer and showrunner on shows including Im A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Big Brother and Million Pound Menu.

It is the latest non-scripted hire for Netflix in London; last year, it hired former Channel 4 commissioner Lucy Leveugle, who commissioned series such as The Undateables and Child Genius, to bolster its unscripted formats pipeline.

Other London-based hires for the digital platform in the last twelve months include Jason Crosby, former COO of NBC Universal-owned producer Monkey, who joined as Director of Unscripted, Comedy and Docs Production, doc execs Diego Buñuel and Kate Townsend and former Sky drama chief Anne Mensah.

Elsewhere, in Germany, it recently hired Jennifer Mival as manager of nonfiction series focused on global shows and formats that originate out of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Mival, who joined in June, is based in Berlin and was formerly head of formats & creative partnerships at German prRead More – Source