Noticeboard: industry moves and appointments

Beth Hart
Beth Hart.

Beth Hart. 

In this wrap:

  • Beth Hart joins ITV Studios Australia as head of content
  • ACMI appoints Paul Bowers as director of exhibitions & collections
  • Infinity Squared adds director Nicholas Reynolds to its roster

Beth Hart joins ITV Studios Australia as head of content

ITV Studios Australia has appointed former FremantleMedia Australia creative director Beth Hart as head of content. In the role, Hart will be responsible for all ITV’s commissioned shows.

Hart has worked in both the UK and Australia, with executive producer credits that include The X Factor, Hell’s Kitchen, The Apprentice, Love Island and five seasons of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. In Australia, she has overseen shows such as The Great Australian Bake Off, The Farmer Wants a Wife, Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Apprentice and Grand Designs.

ITV Studios CEO and managing director David Mott said she was the “perfect choice” to work across ITV’s slate, which includes The Voice, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, Hell’s Kitchen, The Chase Australia, and CRAM.

“Beth’s experience is second to none having worked on some of the biggest entertainment formats both here in Australia and abroad,” he said.

Of her appointment Hart said: “I am so happy to be joining ITV Studios Australia at this time. Getting to work across such a huge variety of shows is extremely exciting. Making television is what I love to do and I am proud to be able to oversee the current slate of programming.”

ITV Studio’s current head of content, Ben Ulm, will move into a newly created role, head of factual and reality.

Hart begins the new role September 1.

ACMI appoints Paul Bowers as director of exhibitions & collections

Paul Bowers is set to join ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) as director, exhibitions & collections.

His appointment accompanies the beginning of plans to renew the museum “physically and technologically”. ACMI received a $5 million funding commitment from the Victorian state government for the upgrade in its recent budget.

“We are delighted that Paul Bowers will be joining ACMI in this key role,” said ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick.

“Our exhibition and collections teams have been going from strength to strength, and as we begin the first stage of ACMI’s renewal, Paul’s extensive experience, his strategic and holistic understanding of the museum sector and his audience facing, progressive approach to the development and presentation of award winning exhibitions will be a real asset to our leadership team.”

Bowers comes to ACMI from Museums Victoria where he has been head exhibitions, collections research and exhibitions division since October 2013. Prior to this, Bower was head of exhibitions & design at the UK’s National Railway Museum in York and project director at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington.

“I am extremely excited to be joining ACMI at this time. It will be a privilege to work with such talented staff, and play a role in delivering the compelling vision to be the world’s leading museum of the moving image,” said Paul.

Outgoing director of exhibitions & collections, Russell Briggs, leaves to take up the position of director, engagement & exhibitions at the Australian Museum.

“Russell has made a wonderful contribution to ACMI over the past five years and we will miss him greatly. Under his leadership, the exhibitions and collections team have flourished, delivering a dynamic program of touring and home grown exhibitions, substantially growing ACMI’s national and international touring business, and beginning an important new era of digitisation and opening up of our collection,” said Sedgwick.

Bowers begins at ACMI August 21.

Infinity Squared adds director Nicholas Reynolds to its roster

Director Nicholas Reynolds has joined the roster of Sydney-based production company Infinity Squared.

Reynolds has recently worked on TVCs for Philips, Axe, Virgin Mobile and McDonald’s (France), Molson and Coors Beer (Canada), Specsavers, Nestle, Commonwealth Bank and Lion Breweries and Independent Breweries of New Zealand.

Reynolds has won Cannes Gold for Ikea’s “Dog” and Virgin Credit Cards’ “Plastic Surgery” and Cannes Bronze for Lynx Jet (Lowe Hunt) (as well as One Show and D&AD).

“Nick’s an important next step for us,” said Infinity Squared founder Dave Jansen.

“We’ve worked hard to get to where we are and so landing someone with Nick’s experience is a nice reminder that we are doing something right. More importantly, it elevates our offering to the next level. The next 12 months for us is about building the relationships that allow us to make some bigger stuff.”