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Sony sets up UK unscripted prodco

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is launching an unscripted prodco led by Alan Brown, who is leaving his role at Twofour-backed Natural less than a year into the job.

Alan Brown

Human will create high-end international content based on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s existing intellectual property.

It will also develop its own proprietary factual entertainment formats from its base at SPT’s London office, with Brown reporting to Wayne Garvie, president of SPT International Production.

Brown, the former chief of NBCUniversal’s UK label Chocolate, joined ITV-owned UK prodco Twofour Group as creative director in April last year to lead its fledgling Natural outfit, which aims to deliver popular factual and factual entertainment titles. A replacement is yet to be named.

His credits include formatted shows such as The Apprentice, The Restaurant, Grow Your Own Drugs, The Very Hungry Frenchman, Driving School of Mum and Dad and Honey, We’re Killing the Kids.

He has also overseen documentaries including I Love 80s and worked at the BBC, ITV and Talkback. More recently, he ran Chocolate, which was behind The Manners of Downton Abbey for PBS in the US.

Garvie said Brown had “been responsible for many wonderful programmes over the years and, with his drive and enthusiasm, is the ideal person to oversee our new label, Human.”

“Within the Sony group we have multiple sources of intellectual property, many stories to tell. Alan will help us unlock this potential through the Human label.”

Brown added that the prodco’s mission “will be content that can emotionally engage the audience. At Sony and with Wayne Garvie, I know I have the backing and belief to create big shows and to have fun making them.”

SPT already operates 22 wholly owned or joint-venture production companies in 12 countries around the world.

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