Scottish indie Bandicoot TV has added to its senior team as it “gears up for expansion across the UK and US in 2022.”
The appointments follow the January launch of the third series of RTS and International Emmy award-winning series The Masked Singer and the recent recommission of The Masked Dancer on ITV.
Kate Stannard joins as the label’s first ever Head of Development following a brief stint at RDF, with a remit to identify, create and develop brand new formats across UK, US and international markets. Stannard starts her new role at Bandicoot on February 1st and will spearhead the development of all new entertainment, reality and factual entertainment projects, overseeing a number of shows in active development. Prior to RDF, Stannard was Head of Development at Initial with previous senior development roles at companies included Possessed, BBC, 12 Yard and Monkey Kingdom working on a raft of shows including The Games, 5 Gold Rings, Catchpoint, The Question Jury, Pick Me and Cash Trapped.
Also confirmed today as Head of Talent is Liz Holmwood, who previously worked with Bandicoot as a talent executive on The Masked Dancer, and whose list of credits include All Star Musicals, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity X Factor and Celebrity Juice. Holmwood was formerly Head of On-Screen Talent for Fremantle. Holmwood’s responsibilities will include both UK and US territories.
Stannard and Holmwood join Head of Entertainment James Lessell in leading departments across Bandicoot, with all three reporting into the indie’s founders, MD Derek McLean and Creative Director Daniel Nettleton.
The expansion sees a third new hire, with ex-ITV producer Ruchika Tagore joining Stannard’s team as Development Executive to focus on UK formats. Rob Cooke, who joined Bandicoot as VP, US Development in 2021, will also report into Stannard and continues to drive development in North America, with a primary focus on the West Coast.
Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton commented: “As soon as Kate became unexpectedly available, we jumped through hoops to sign her up. She’s an amazing talent who brings creativity and leadership to the team. Liz is an ebullient character and a brilliant operator who fits the Bandicoot mould perfectly. Ruchika is an ideas factory who brings her infectious enthusiasm and unique perspective to every project. We’ve had a stellar end to 2021 with The Masked Singer delivering awards, audiences and acclaim, Peckham’s Finest breaking new ground in the reality genre and The Masked Dancer recommissioned and in pre-production. These three no-nonsense talent hires expand our horizons and raise our ambitions as we build on our growing UK and US pipeline.”
Bandicoot is a joint venture with production group Argonon.
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