Shiver, ITV Studios’ factual label, has appointed Mark Rubens as Head of Documentary Formats.
A former Creative Director of Ricochet and Managing Director of Watershed Television, Rubens helped devise and oversee returning series including the BAFTA nominated Blood Sweat and T-Shirts (BBC3), Stacey Dooley Investigates (BBC3), Cowboy Builders (Channel 5) and Extreme Dreams (BBC2).
Other formats Rubens has devised, such as Too Big To Walk and Show Me Your Money (both Channel 4), have been remade in the U.S. and across Europe.
The head of documentary formats post is a new role at Shiver, which makes shows such as Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs and Come Dine with Me.
Alexander Gardiner, Managing Director of Shiver, said: “As home to the oldest documentary format in television in Michael Apted’s Up series, Shiver has a proud tradition in this genre. I’m delighted that someone as talented as Mark has agreed to join us and help come up with the next generation of innovative, thought-provoking programmes.”
Added Rubens: “2016 gave us Brexit, Trump and Honey G. The world’s never been more unpredictable and in working with Alex and his team at Shiver, I’m hoping to come up with something just as big and unexpected for 2017."
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