Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story and The Devil On Trial indie, Dorothy St Pictures, has appointed BBC Studios’ Naomi Benson to the new role of VP of global formats and UK development.
Based in their London office, Benson joins the Dorothy St Pictures team to help expand the company’s portfolio across global formats and UK-based development, which recently has included Pamela, A Love Story (Netflix), Desperately Seeking Soulmate: Escaping Twin Flames Universe (Amazon Prime Video), The Devil On Trial (Netflix), Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story (Disney+ / HULU) and BIFA award-winning If The Streets Were On Fire (BBC Storyville). The company is backed by SISTER, and the development team is headed up by Lily Kaplan out of Dorothy St’s New York office.
At BBC Studios, Benson’s credits include Lost Gold (w.t, Nat Geo), Tucci – The Heart of Italy (w.t, Nat Geo), and the adaptation of hit podcast Uncanny (BBC2). Previous to BBC Studios she worked at Twenty Twenty as Head of Development, with credits including Save Our Squad with David Beckham (Disney+), and returning formats A House Through Time and All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star for BBC2, as well as the RTS winning The Choir: Our School by the Tower (BBC2) and Why is Covid Killing People of Colour? (BBC1)
Benson said “I’m thrilled to be joining Julia, Lily and the amazing team at Dorothy St Pictures. The innovation and bravery of DSP’s work is constantly inspiring, and I’m really excited to help build this new chapter.”
Dorothy St Pictures Founder and CEO Julia Nottingham said “We are really excited to welcome Naomi to the team in this newly created role. Her hire reflects our growth in development here in the UK and globally.”
Lily Kaplan, Head of Global Development, Dorothy StPictures said, “I am thrilled to welcome Naomi to the development team at Dorothy St. Her range of knowledge and expertise makes her an ideal executive to lead our formats pursuit and help expand Dorothy Sts portfolio both within the UK and beyond.”
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