ITN Productions is expanding its International Unit with the appointment of Sarah-Jane Cohen as Executive Producer.

Sarah-Jane Cohen will be based in London and work on development with ITN Productions’ Head of International Programmes, Ian Russell and development executive Denise Castelli.  One of Cohen’s first programmes will be a Royal project with a US broadcaster. 

Cohen joins from ITV Studios, where she has been an Executive Producer based in New York since 2017. Cohen is a former BBC executive whose credits include: Watchdog, Newsnight and Crimewatch UK. In the US she has worked on factual entertainment formats and documentary series for Bravo, TLC, HGTV and Sundance channels and has been responsible for creating and producing long running series such as: Sell it Like Serhant; Tabatha’s Salon Takeover and Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style.

Director of TV Production, ITN Productions, Ian Rumsey said: “I am delighted to have someone of Sarah-Jane’s calibre joining us. Our international slate, and our presence in the US market, continues to grow. We’ve a very strong team which I’m confident will take us to the next level.”
Sarah-Jane Cohen said: “Joining this talented team brings together the many strands of my career, and I’m looking forward to growing and enhancing their impressive US and international output."

Also working with ITN Productions is Bruce Kennedy. Bruce is an Emmy-award winning showrunner and writer who’s worked with a wide range of US broadcasters including: Nat Geo; Discovery; ID Network; NBC; Sundance Channel; Travel Channel; History Channel and Oxygen. His credits range from true crime to historical docs and large-scale live events. Based in New York, Kennedy is spearheading development for ITN Productions on the East Coast and is also working on a paid development for a US Crime network.

ITN Productions’ Head of International Programmes, Ian Russell, said: “ITN Productions International team is building an enviable reputation for documentaries with programmes like Drug Lords for Netflix and Thai Cave Rescue for Discovery Channel. Having Sarah-Jane in our UK office and working with Bruce on projects in the US will help to take us to the next level.”

The appointments follow ITN Productions’ recent announcements of BBC Studios’ Georgina Madley joining as the new Head of Development and Grace Dean being promoted to Head of Short Form.

Staff Reporter

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