Local production outfits ITV Studios and CJZ have named new hires for their development arms, who will fuel formats and new productions for local and international territories.
At ITV Studios Australia, Micah Hewson has been promoted to head of development at ITV Studios, effective immediately, reporting to Ben Ulm, the newly appointed Head of Content.
And British actor, writer and producer Matt King has joined CJZ, in a development role. King may be familiar to Australian audiences for his turn opposite Claudia Karvan as Henry in Foxtel drama series, Spirited and cult character Super Hans from the Channel 4 hit comedy Peep Show. King will also be seen in upcoming British kids movie Paddington Bear, alongside Nicole Kidman and Jim Broadbent.
“I’m thrilled that Micah is stepping up to lead development for ITV Studios Australia. He has a natural talent for developing new programming concepts that are spot on trend, and that viewers gravitate to,” Anita Jacoby, ITV Studios Australia managing director said.
Hewson will work closely with Ulm and other genre heads to develop innovative programming and third party opportunities with broadcasters.
Hewson has been executive producer of development at ITV for four years. He has worked as a producer both creating and adapting television formats at Southern Star Entertainment (Endemol), and as an executive producer working with Australian free-to-air broadcasters, Network Ten, Seven Network and Nine Network and UK broadcasters ITV and SKY.
He has most recently been on the development team for Paddock to Plate, which is currently in production for series 2, River Cottage Australia (series 1), adapted from the popular Channel 4 UK series, and Please Marry My Boy!, an original Australian production fro the Seven network. Hewson has also been a producer of live format TV on Big Brother Australia (series 1-6) as well as event programming including the ARIA Awards, and studio shows such as Ready Steady Cook.
“Being able to contribute to the growth of ITV through the development of new and innovative programming is something I look forward to seizing with both hands,” said Hewson.
Meanwhile King has joined CJZ as a development executive, working with the internal production and development team, and their external creative partners. While he’s an established actor, its his writing skills and ideas that have led him to CJZ.
CJZ managing director and co-founder
worked with King in the 90′s when King was working and living in Australia as a comedy writer for various TV productions.
“It’s great to be working with Matt again. His skills on both sides of the camera will bring a unique perspective to our creative team and he will play a key role in our development and production projects. There are exciting times ahead in local production and real opportunities in Australian UK co-productions,” Murray said.
King will boost the company’s expanding development division, as it continues to create original formats in factual, factual entertainment, drama, comedy & light entertainment genres, for both the local and international market place.
“I’m passionate about creating original ideas and have been very fortunate to have written, produced and performed in several successful TV and film projects over the past 15 years. To have the opportunity to work alongside him and the team at CJZ is incredibly exciting. I look forward to developing new projects for both the local and international markets at a time when I feel Australian television is entering an exciting new era,” King said.