A+E Networks has appointed Ninder Billing Vice President Unscripted Co-Productions International; and Alexandra Finlay Vice President Scripted Co-Productions International.
The announcement was made by Patrick Vien, Group Managing Director, A+E International, to whom they will report.
Based in London, Billing and Finlay will lead the expansion of A+E Networks’ International co-productions for unscripted and scripted, respectively. They are responsible for identifying opportunities with global appeal and overseeing development and production working in close collaboration with the company’s extensive network of producers, creatives and commissioning partners.
“We are delighted to welcome Ninder and Alexandra, two remarkably talented executives with deep experience and impressive track records of success,” said Vien. “They join A+E Networks at a time when co-productions are growing in global appeal, and the company is poised to play a leadership role in the industry.
Vien continued, “Our success with such hit series as Miss Scarlet and the Duke (PBS Masterpiece); Red Election (Disney+ EMEA) and North Sea Connection (BBC), and the premium doc series Damien Lewis: Spy Wars (Paramount+), is a testament to our ambition to work with the best talented teams worldwide.”
Billing comes to A+E Networks from Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP), where she served as Creative Director, leading the premium factual slate focusing on streamer, international and UK terrestrial unscripted output. Under her leadership, DSP secured six new unscripted series. Prior to DSP, Billing was Head of Specialist Factual at The Garden where she launched and oversaw the double BAFTA-nominated Operation Live (C5), and launched Police Tapes (ITV), The Unshockable Dr Ronx (BBC) and Inside the Natural History Museum (C5).
Billing was previously Commissioning Editor in Factual at Channel 5 and has worked at the BBC as Executive Producer in Documentaries, where she was responsible for Saira Khan: Adopting Abroad (BBC2); Don’t Call Me Stupid (BBC1) and Danielle Lineker: My New Stepfamily (BBC1). Billings has run her own production company, Class Films, and been an executive producer delivering current affairs for the BBC and Dispatches (C4).
Finlay joins A+E Networks from Shaftesbury, having served as Vice President, Creative and Co-productions where her credits include the upcoming comedy drama SisterS (IFC/Sundance, Crave, RTE) created, written by and starring Emmy® Award-nominee Sarah Goldberg (Barry) and Susan Stanley (Hotel Amenities). Prior to her five-year tenure at Shaftesbury, Finlay was Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions at multichannel broadcaster UKTV, where she expanded UKTV’s relationship with major US studios and secured such well-known series as Castle, Suits, Rizzoli & Isles and Storage Hunters.
She also served as a creative executive across scripted and non-scripted pre-investments, growing UKTV’s exclusive programming via international co-productions with both domestic and international partners, including Shaftesbury. Previously, she held positions at Channel 4 and the BBC.
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