'Hell's Kitchen' Producer ITV Creates Studios U.S. Group

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"Hell's Kitchen"

UPDATED: After the acquisition in recent months of three other production companies, CEO Paul Buccieri gets expanded duties

The company behind Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares has cooked up a restructuring of its U.S. operations with the creation of the ITV Studios US Group, which is being led by Paul Buccieri, who is now president and CEO as well as managing director of ITV Studios International, it was announced Tuesday.

“The creation of this new Leadership Team will further underpin the momentum Paul has built as we continue to drive forward the expansion of the ITV Studios US Group,” says Kevin Lygo, managing director, ITV Studios.

The restructuring comes on the heels of the acquisitions of controlling interests in Gurney Productions (Duck Dynasty), High Noon Entertainment (Cake Boss) and Thinkfactory Media (Hatfields & McCoys).

As part of the restructuring, two current executives were given promotions. Julie Meldal-Hohnsen is now executive vp operations and Ivan Garel-Jones is executive vp business affairs.

In addition, Oliver De La Hoz is appointed executive vp finance. He formerly worked for PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

Buccieri also continues to oversee production companies in Germany, France, Australia and Scandinavia.   

Garel-Jones was previously senior vp of business affairs for ITV Studios America, where he brokered deals for major productions including Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, both of which are on Fox Broadcasting.

Meldal-Johnsen was with ITV Studios International, most recently as director of legal and business affairs.