Naked Entertainment hires transatlantic trio
Simon Andreae’s Naked Entertainment has hired the creative brains behind Dragon’s Den and Undercover Boss USA to lead its transatlantic production slate.
David Tibballs is joining the Fremantle Media-backed indie as an executive producer working out of LA, while Stef Wagstaffe will take on the same position in the UK.
Meanwhile, former Naked development producer Nelesh Dhand has rejoined the company as head of factual development, following a stint at Optomen Television, the All3Media-owned producer that Naked chief executive Andreae co-founded in 1991.
Andreae told Broadcast that Tibballs’ hire was the result of burgeoning business in the US, where Naked is currently working up several series for various networks, and in the UK, where it is producing series such as Channel 4’s Indian Summer School and E4’s My Hotter Half.
Tibballs recently created CNBC reality show Billion Dollar Buyer but is best known as showrunner of Fox reality shows Utopia and I Wanna Marry Harry, both of which Andreae commissioned while executive vice-president of alternative entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company.
Back in the UK, Tibballs produced the first two series of BBC2’s Dragon’s Den and was executive producer on ITV’s 71 Degrees North, BBC1’s One Week To Save Your Marriage and BBC2’s Bank Of Mum And Dad.
Wagstaffe, meanwhile, is a former features commissioning editor at C4, where she launched shows such as Born Naughty?, Dirty Weekenders, The Naked Village, Great Canal Journeys and Married At First Sight.
In the US, she been showrunner on three series of ABC’s Wife Swap and launched Undercover Boss USA for CBS while executive vice-president of Studio Lambert USA.
“Naked is building a reputation for shows that are smart, distinctive, and editorially ambitious,” said Wagstaffe. “I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and supervising some of their most exciting new series on both sides of the Atlantic.”
At Optomen, Dhand developed shows such as BBC3’s How To Live When You’re Dying and worked for The Big Family Cooking Showdown producer Voltage TV.
As head of factual development, he will work closely with director of development Tom O’Brien.
Andreae, who launched Naked in 2015, said the new hires were “top class creative leaders, with a warmth, wit and wisdom that informs both their shows and their working practices and which we cherish highly”.
He added: “With their appointments, we’re perfectly primed for our next stage of growth.”