Former Objective CEO Joins King of Sunshine
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Sandler, former CEO of Peep Show and The cube producer Objective Media Group, has joined the independent entertainment group headed by former BBC commissioner Sohail Shah. Sandler is joining King of Sunshine Productions as a non-executive director and will help run the company, which produced ITV’s Agatha & Poirot: Partners in crime and Britain’s Favorite Detective, while recently securing the rights to Sharna Jackson’s children’s novel Mystery of great height. Sandler became Objective Productions (now Objective Media Group) MD in 2005, shortly before the company was acquired by All3Media and held the position for 10 years, overseeing a period of growth with shows such as the cult comedy at Channel 4 success. Peep Show, Derren Brown and ITV game show format The cube. In 2015, he became COO of three labels supported by ITV Studios under the Cats on the Roof banner, labels which are currently being liquidated by ITV following the conclusion of the founders’ earn-out. . Shah said, “I have enjoyed working with Paul on various projects over the years. As King of Sunshine Productions enters its third year, now is the time to add Paul’s incredible experience to the business to help us continue to grow. Shah launched King of Sunshine in 2019 after a stint as the BBC’s Entertainment Commissioner.
Firebird, Backed By BBC Studios, Signs ‘Murdered By My Father’ Executive
Highly rated Assassinated By my father and Killed by my debt exec Aysha Rafaele left her dramatic arm at BBC Studios to join Firebird Pictures, backed by BBC Studios, the label run by the former Bodyguard Commissioner Elizabeth Kilgarriff. Rafaele will bring her development roster with her when she joins later this month, having also been the originator of powerful BBC films such as The Left Behind and Murdered for being different. Louis Theroux’s former documentary director became known for this factual-realistic social drama series over the years, winning multiple awards, and was given her own drama division BBC Studios in 2018. Firebird Pictures, which also premiered in 2018, is behind BBC1 to come Wahala adapted by Theresa Ikoko and Marnie Dickens’ Wild region for Amazon, both of which will be filming this year. “Aysha’s passion for championing the next generation of British storytellers makes her a natural fit for us, and her bold and ambitious slate brings a rich source of new ideas and talent to Firebird,” said Kilgarriff. Firebird recently hired a production and development manager.
The expectation combines ent and ent comedy; James Donkim signs
It’s my house and Great Narstie Show Producer Expectation combined his entertainment and comedy entertainment teams into one under the direction of Creative Director Ben Wicks, bringing in James Donkin to Lego Masters producer Tuesday’s Child. Donkin will take on the role of Director of Development in a reshuffle that has also seen Rhe-an Archibald promoted to executive producer and Amy Dallmeyer continue to expand her roster as head of development. Expectation, directed by Tim Hincks and Peter Fincham, is in the process of producing a second series in the Richard Bacon BBC1 format. It’s my house while Channel 4’s daily daytime show Steph’s Lunch Box has been extended and The great show of Narstie recently won a BAFTA.
Little Dot creates a sports label
Little Dot, supported by All3Media, has launched a sports label. Little Dot Sport will partner on content with sports federations around the world and already has 28 clients, including the FA, Formula E and the England & Wales Cricket Board. Sports director Robbie Spargo will lead the label, which builds on Little Dot’s 2020 acquisition of sports production company WING.