Keshet Productions UK, part of Keshet International, has made two key senior appointments as it seeks to grow its UK production ambitions. Ashley Blaker joins the team as Head of Comedy and Kevin Mundye as Head of UK Formats & Global Consultant.
Kevin will represent and adapt Keshet’s Entertainment and Factual Entertainment formats for UK broadcasters, while Ashley will look after Keshet’s Comedy slate in the UK. They will also work alongside Keshet Media Group’s VP Content, Ran Telem and UK Creative Consultant, Dave Morley, to develop new original properties for UK television.
Ashley has over 15 years’ experience in Comedy and was most recently at John Stanley Productions where he co-created and co-wrote the forthcoming BBC One series Pompidou. He has also co-created, co-written and produced two series of The Matt Lucas Awards as well as producing several new series for Radio 4 (Britain Versus the World, 2525 and Chat Show Roulette) over the last year. Ashley began his career at the BBC where he produced Little Britain for Radio 4 and Rock Profile for UKTV. He was formerly Head of Development at So Television and has held development roles at At It Productions, Shine and BBC Comedy.
Kevin joins from his recent post as Executive Producer at Shine Group’s internal formats division, where he was responsible for driving and managing the international roll out of global formats such as Biggest Loser, One Born Every Minute, Got to Dance, Clash of the Choirs and The Face. Kevin has also recently worked on a range of game show projects at Victory Television (SPE). His other credits include series producer of ITV1’s All Star Mr and Mrs and Tonight’s the Night on BBC1.
Sammy Nourmand, COO of Keshet Productions UK said “I’m looking forward to working alongside Kevin and Ashley and am pleased to welcome them to Keshet. We are committed to building our UK operation and will be looking to further “beef up” our Creative team in the UK over the coming months.”
Ashley Blaker said, “Keshet already has a slate of very funny shows which hold a lot of promise for the UK. I look forward to developing these for local audiences and adding to them with some home-grown comedy too.”
Kevin Mundye added, “I am thrilled to be joining such a dynamic and talented company as it begins its creative growth in the UK.”
About Keshet International:
Keshet International is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by Managing Director Alon Shtruzman, it includes Keshet’s local production outposts (Keshet Productions UK, Keshet Australia, Keshet Canada and Keshet DCP in the US) as well as its global distribution arm.
KI’s catalogue consists of over 60 tried and tested properties that appeal to audiences worldwide, spanning all genres.
Highlights include hit drama Prisoners of War, the original Israeli version of prime time Emmy® winner Homeland; hit interactive talent show Rising Star; International Emmy® nominated docu-reality format Dear Neighbors, Help our Daughter Find Love; talent show Master Class; cross platform format 50 Things You Have to Know; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; game show The Vault; and the International Emmy® award-winning ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light.
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