UKTV has recruited a Head of Programming for their flagship entertainment channel Watch.
The commercial network has poached NBCUniversal executive Adam Collings to serve in the newly created role, TVWise has learned.
As Head of Programming, Collings will be responsible for refining Watch’s scheduling & programming strategy, and he will also lead forward planning and editorial discussions relating to the channel’s schedule and programme supply across both acquisitions and commissions. He will report directly to Watch General Manager Steve North and will take up his new role in January.
Adam Collings is joining UKTV from NBCUniversal’s international channel’s division Universal Networks International, where he served as Channel Director for Syfy UK and Movies 24. In his time with that company, he was responsible for acquiring a range of high profile series from the Hollywood Studios, including The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, Defiance and re-mastered episodes of the Star Trek franchise. Prior to NBCU he held key roles at ITV, the BBC and Paramount Comedy.
His appointment comes at a key time for UKTV and Watch. The company is acquiring more premium US content than ever before – with Watch being home to such imports as Grimm, The Strain and Beauty And The Beast – and the channel is also on the frontline of UKTV’s push into originals with factual entertainment pilot strand Format Labs and their first original drama series, Legion, from Red Planet Pictures and Tony Jordan.
“I have been fortunate enough to work for some of the biggest broadcasters in the UK and, having truly enjoyed my time at NBCUniversal, I am now thrilled to be joining UKTV, and specifically Watch, at an incredibly exciting period in its development”, said Collings. “With its enviable content mix and sizeable viewer base, Watch has the ability to cement itself as a vital channel to UK audiences. I’m relishing the prospect of that task.”
“Adam comes equipped with fantastic experience from both a terrestrial and multi-channel background”, added Steve North, General Manager of Watch. “Having, in recent years, been at both NBCUniversal and ITV he has developed a complete knowledge of the acquisitions market and the dynamics of the digital environment from a scheduling and programming perspective. I’m confident he’s going to be a huge asset for Watch and UKTV.”