The Australian reports that TEN CEO James Warburton is establishing a new development unit to create more programs in-house.
Warburton’s former home, Seven Network, has been very successful at in-house productions in Drama, including Home and Away, City Homicide, Packed to the Rafters, All Saints and Winners and Losers.
Executive search firm Hourigan International is on the hunt to find an executive to run the new development unit.
Meanwhile news chief Anthony Flannery has taken responsibility for The Project and The Circle, previously under the direction of Programming Chief David Mott.
Warburton recently told guests at the launch of Young Talent Time he believed Mott to be the best in the business. While YTT has not lived up to expectations, Mott’s gambles on shows such as The Biggest Loser, Australian Idol and MasterChef have been very successful for TEN -but all are outsourced to independent producers.
After losing Big Brother to Nine, The Shire is the network’s next big format pitch, produced by Shine Australia.
Warburton is expected to make one more executive appointment to complete his new line-up.