Studio Lambert has made a series of promotions to strengthen its development teams in both the UK and US, it was announced today (THURS).
Niall O’Driscoll has moved from London where he was Head of Development, Unscripted, to Los Angeles to become SVP, Development and Current; whilst in the UK, Harry Knott has been promoted to Head of Development, Unscripted having previously been Deputy Head; and Rose Hibbert has been promoted to Head of Talent at Studio Lambert North in Manchester.
The moves reflect the growing Studio Lambert slate with season 4 of the hit show, The Circle launching on Netflix this week; the much-anticipated new format, Lovestruck High with Lindsay Lohan narrating due to launch on Amazon Prime Video on May 18th and as Studio Lambert’s key executives were recognised by Variety’s 2022 Reality Impact Report last month.
Niall O’Driscoll, who previously headed up the development team in the UK, moves to Los Angeles with responsibility for all new US development and current production for the company, reporting directly to EVP, Jack Burgess. Niall has been at Studio Lambert since 2014 and helped to create hit formats including: The Circle (Netflix), Naked Attraction (Channel 4) and Lovestruck High (Prime Video). He has also worked in development and production for the BBC and ITV.
Jack Burgess, EVP, Studio Lambert USA, said: “Niall is one of the most talented creatives in our industry and has been central to all of the success we have had over the last few years. I’m thrilled to be reunited with him in our Los Angeles office, adding firepower at the perfect time as our US business expands rapidly.”
Harry Knott (previously Harry Garne) becomes Head of Development in Studio Lambert’s UK operations. He joined Studio Lambert’s development team in 2015 and played a key role in the creation of Race Across The World (BBC Two), The Circle (Channel 4/Netflix), Lovestruck High (Prime Video) and further commissions in the UK and the US. Before joining Studio Lambert, Knott worked in production in Manchester, Leeds and London, with credits including Dragons’ Den (BBC Two), Mary Portas: Secret Shopper (Channel 4) and Undercover Boss (ITV).
Tim Harcourt, Creative Director, Studio Lambert, said: “Harry has a brilliant development brain and has long been due this bigger role. His pre-existing relationship with Niall in the US office means we now have a genuine transatlantic development team that can drive us to further success both in the UK and the States. I can’t wait to see how this next chapter plays out.”
Rose Hibbert has been promoted from Talent Manager to Head of Talent at Studio Lambert North. Hibbert joined Studio Lambert in 2017, and prior to this worked predominantly in casting and on location for factual entertainment and structured reality series. Hibbert will report directly to Darrell Olsen, Head of Unscripted, Studio Lambert North.
Darrell Olsen, Head of Unscripted, Studio Lambert North, said: “Rose is a star who has been brilliant at not only recruiting the best talent for our Manchester productions, but across all Studio Lambert shows nationwide. This promotion reflects her exceptional work.”
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About Studio Lambert
Studio Lambert is a fast-growing production company based in Los Angeles, London, Manchester, and Scotland, producing high-quality scripted and unscripted series. The company was established in 2008 by Stephen Lambert, creator of many well-known global formats including Undercover Boss for CBS and Wife Swap for ABC.
Studio Lambert won the Best Independent Production Company award at the 2020 Broadcast Awards. Recent orders include: an epic new street dance competition, Dance 100 for Netflix; a new adventure competition series for NBC called Million Dollar Island; and in November last year, Studio Lambert announced it would be making U.S. and U.K. editions of the Dutch psychological adventure format, The Traitors for NBCUniversal’s Peacock and the BBC.
Latest and upcoming shows include: the third season of BAFTA-award winning Race Across the World for the BBC; a brand-new reality dating show for Amazon Prime Video called Lovestruck High launching later this month; season four and five of The Circle for Netflix; Gogglebox, the multi award-winning format and global phenomenon; and Four in a Bed, the hugely successful daytime format, on air since 2010.
Studio Lambert’s scripted productions include the Three Girls which won five BAFTA awards; The Feed for Amazon Prime; and The Nest and Three Families for BBC. Studio Lambert is part of the All3Media group.