Anita Jacoby to run ITV Studios

anita jacobyTV executive Anita Jacoby has landed a second big role in recent days, with her appointment as managing director of the Australian arm of production house ITV Studios.

Jacoby – for a long time the business partner of Andrew Denton at Zapruder’s Other Films – was earlier this month named as a part time member of the Australian Communications and media Authority.

She left Zapruder’s – the company behind the Gruen Transfer franchise – when it merged with Cordell Jigsaw to form CJZ last year.

Jacoby – who starts on September 30 – will replace Leonie Lowe.

ITV Studios specialises in reality and entertainment programmes including Come Dine With Me, Please Marry My Boy, Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell and Paddock to Plate. A low point for the company, then known as Granada Studios, came in 2010 when it took responsibility for the Australia’s Next Top Model disaster when presenter Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner.

Paul Buccieri, MD of  ITV Studios International, said: “Anita is both a talented creative and an extremely experienced producer. Her career spans almost all genres, a fantastic asset as we continue to grow our Australian business. ITV Studios Australia is a key element of our international operation and has an important part to play as we continue to progress building a strong international content business.

“I’d also like to thank Leonie Lowe for her years of dedication and expertise in leading and building the business so far and wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.

Jacoby, who previously prduced shows such as 60 Minutes, Sunday and Witness, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining ITV Studios, one of the most innovative and creative production companies in the world. I look forward to working alongside Paul Buccieri and the talented ITV teams, both locally and internationally.”


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