Joseph segues from Freemantle to Disney-ABC


LONDON -- Disney-ABC International Television has wooed Fremantle drama executive Naomi Joseph to be executive director of format development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the company said Tuesday.

Joseph will be responsible for local production of Disney-ABC International Television's reality and entertainment formats and the reversioning of its scripted series, working closely with Disney-ABC International Television's sales team in Europe, Middle East and Africa. She will report to Maria Kyriacou, vp of the company's portfolio development group,

Joseph joins Disney from FremantleMedia, where she was executive vp worldwide drama and responsible for the development, sale and executive production of dramas including "The IT Crowd," "Neighbours" and "Betty La Fea" around the world.

"Our formats and reversioning activity is a key part of our portfolio development strategy, and plays an important part in further cementing our content's connection with local audiences," Kyriacou said. "It's fantastic to be bringing into the team Naomi's wealth of experience working on major format productions."