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7 Wonder bags Nerd, Boomerang execs

London-based producer 7 Wonder has made a flurry of senior appointments including execs poached from UK firms Boomerang and Nerd TV.

Jeremy Lee

Jeremy Lee

Patrick McMahon becomes head of development at 7 Wonder with a remit to boost the company’s slate of factual content.

The former RDF, Maverick Television and Princess Productions exec held the same role at TwoFour Group-owned Boomerang, where he worked on Posh Pawnbrokers for Channel 4 and Bargain Fever Britain for ITV.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Lee joins 7 Wonder as an exec producer from UK-based Nerd, where he had been leading the company’s UK development programme following his arrival last year.

He previously developed and produced Nerd’s factual duo The 80s: 10 Years that Changed Britain and The 90s: 10 Years that Changed the World for Channel 4 (C4). Prior to that, he worked at fellow UK prodco Fresh One on C4 series Don’t Stop the Music and Idris Elba-fronted How Hip Hop Changed the World.

Lee has already started at 7 Wonder and is now working on How Rom Coms Ruled our World (1×90′, working title) for C4, which explores the movie genre’s hits.

Finally, Mandy Bishop has been named head of production at 7 Wonder’s new office in Birmingham, UK, and will work with 7 Wonder exec producer Sarah Trigg to oversee the company’s regional productions, including Over My Dead Body (w/t) for C4.

She previously held roles at Endemol, managing fast-turnaround series, and has also worked for Catalyst TV, Maverick and the BBC.

7 Wonder CEO Liza Abbott said: “This year marks our second birthday and we are incredibly proud of how far we have come in such a short space of time. It was always our intention to expand the team and open an office in Birmingham, but the fact that we have been able to do so sooner rather than later is a testament to our hard work.”

Alex Fraser, chief creative officer of 7 Wonder, added that the new hires would be “integral” in driving the firm’s future success.

7 Wonder was founded in 2014 by Abbott, Fraser and Simon Ellse and is backed by 7 Network Australia.

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