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ITV Studios Australian managing director Anita Jacoby is leaving the production company after two years in the role.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment executive vp Asia Pacific Augustus Dulgaro will become acting managing director of ITV Studios Australia while a replacement for Jacoby is recruited, a spokeswoman for the company told THR.
In a personal statement issued on Thursday Jacoby said she was leaving following a restructuring of the group and its acquisition of Talpa Media, creator of The Voice. Her departure came in the same week that ITV Studios head of entertainment in Australia, Hilary Innes, joined Network Ten and follows other recent moves at the company globally. They include the recent departure of Orly Adelson as president of ITV Studios America after just 18 months on the job.
“I can confirm that I have left my role as MD of ITV Studios Australia. This is a consequence of ITV plc restructuring its Australian leadership as a result of its increased foreign acquisitions, including Talpa Media,” Jacoby said. “I am proud of my two-year legacy, strengthening ITV by the recruitment of outstanding talent and having secured commissions for major international formats, including I’m A Celebrity and The Chase. I leave knowing that changes I have made will help ensure ITV Australia is in better shape than ever for the future.”
Jacoby joined ITV Studios Australia in 2013, building the company’s slate to include a local version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out OF Here, which proved a major success for Network Ten when it premiered this year, as well as original hit formats Shaun Micaleff’s Mad As Hell, Matt Moran‘s Paddock to Plate for Foxtel and blue-chip factual series The First ANZACS for Ten.
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