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Emmerson launches ITV-backed prodco

The former MD of Warner Bros Television Production UK has launched a UK production company with backing from ITV Studios.

Nick Emmerson

Nick Emmerson, who was also previously president of Shed Media US and CEO of Ricochet, is launching Koska as CEO and will focus on returnable unscripted series.

Emmerson is behind formats including Supernanny, The Real Housewives of New York City and Basketball Wives.

He will be joined at his new shingle by director of entertainment David Phillips, a former TV board director of talent agency James Grant.

ITV Studios has taken a minority stake in the Brighton-based business and Mike Beale, MD of ITV Studios Global Creative Network, will sit on its board.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment distribute all original formats created under the banner.

Emmerson stepped down from Warner Bros at the same time as his fellow MD, Claire Hungate, in February.

Julian Bellamy, MD of ITV Studios, said: “Nick is a fantastic creative talent as well as being a very successful business leader. We’re very glad to play a part in this new venture and look forward to watching Koska thrive under Nick and David’s expertise.”

Emmerson added: “I’m buzzing that Koska is open for business. I want Koska to be a truly creative and entrepreneurial place to be. There’s nothing I like better than building a team that thrives together. David is a fantastic first signing for us.”

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