Sherman Oaks, Calif., June 28, 2017 – ITV Studios America has announced the expansion of its executive team with the appointment of Jed Valdecantos to Vice President, Scripted TV Development and Jim Dietle to Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. Based at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, Valdecantos will report to Michael Azzolino, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs and Dietle will report to Tom Lane, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs.
“As our development and production operations are rapidly expanding, we are thrilled to welcome Jed and Jim at ITV Studios America. Their recognized experience, incredible industry relationships and innovative spirit will make our creative and business teams even stronger” said Philippe Maigret, President, ITV Studios America.
Valdecantos, who will share responsibility for overseeing the company’s development roster, most recently was Director of Original Scripted Programming at USA Network. During his tenure, he oversaw development of several drama projects, including Graceland, Complications and Colony, including through series production. He also managed longtime current series Burn Notice and White Collar.Prior to his work in cable television, Valdecantos worked at CAA in the TV literary department.
Dietle, who will be charged with studio business affairs, from development through to production for ITV Studios America as well as oversight of compliance, litigation, distribution and all deals for the studio, most recently was a Vice President of Business Affairs for ABC Studios where he managed the business oversight for current programming and related affiliated network license agreements and breakage issues. He also handled production overall deals as well as development deals for script commitments and rights acquisitions that evolved into the production of pilots and subsequent series, which then sometimes involved the management of co-production agreements with outside studios.
About ITV Studios America
ITV Studios America is ITV Studios’ LA-based U.S. independent scripted television operation. The studio develops and produces scripted programming, based on original ideas or established IPs, for global exploitation across all platforms. The studio has a growing portfolio of projects in development with multiple broadcast and cable networks, and OTT services, developed internally, through its PODs: Assembly Entertainment, Flame Ventures, Little Engine and 42, and through its partnerships in Tomorrow Studios and Circle of Confusion Television Studios. ITV’s scripted TV production output in North America currently includes “Somewhere Between” (first season for ABC), “Good Witch” (third season for Hallmark Channel); and the “Snowpiercer” and “Highland” TNT pilots from Tomorrow Studios.
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