Warner Bros Aus. appoints new Entertainment, Scripted & Unscripted execs

Caroline Swift is Head of Entertainment, Johnny Lowry joins as Head of Original Content, plus new execs in Scripted & Development.

Johnny Lowry, Caroline Swift, Hamish Lewis.

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia has made new appointments to its executive team.

The new creative leadership team comprises:

• Caroline Swift (Spence) has been promoted to Head of Entertainment and will lead non-scripted entertainment formats and franchise business across all networks and platforms. Prior to joining WBITVP, she served as Director of Unscripted at Fremantle Media Australia.

• Johnny Lowry joins WBITVP as Head of Original Content. Formerly Head of Unscripted at Screentime, he will spearhead the company’s domestic and international non-scripted streaming content strategy while also overseeing titles on the current production slate.

• Hamish Lewis has been appointed Head of Scripted and will lead WBITVP’s drama strategy. In addition to overseeing current titles Love Me – currently in production for Binge – and The Twelve for Foxtel, he will drive a new slate of drama content for domestic and international streaming services and local broadcasters.

• Edward Kindred joined WBITVP earlier this year as Head of Development. He was previously Head of Programming at TVNZ 2. He will continue to lead the non-scripted development process across all networks and platforms.

They join the current executive team, which includes:

• Rani Seckold who has been promoted to Director of Production, Commercial and Operations. Rani was formerly Head of Production.

• Joshua Chan, Director of Legal and Business Affairs ANZ, will add New Zealand to his existing responsibilities for Australia.

• Dragan Savic will continue in his role as Head of Finance.

All roles will report to Michael Brooks, Managing Director, Warner Bros. International Television Production & WarnerMedia International Television Distribution.

Michael Brooks, Managing Director, WBITV Australia, said: “We are fortunate to have tremendous depth and breadth of talent across our organisation, and I want to congratulate Caroline, Rani, Hamish and Joshua on their expanded roles. I’m also delighted to welcome Johnny Lowry and Edward Kindred, who are both highly respected industry professionals. This new structure is designed for growth, and to expand our capabilities as the media industry continues to undergo significant changes.”

WBITVP Australia is currently filming drama series Love Me, starring Hugo Weaving for Binge, with further local productions including The Bachelor, The Masked Singer, Celebrity Apprentice, Selling Houses Australia, The Repair Shop, Dancing with the Stars, First Dates, Who Do You Think You Are? and upcoming Foxtel drama The Twelve.

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