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BBCWW alum explores Back Roads

US-based producer Back Roads Entertainment has appointed a former BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) executive to oversee its development efforts.

Jonathan Cane

Jonathan Cane has been named head of development at Back Roads, which was behind 50 Central for US network BET, hosted by and starring rapper Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, and season three of Big, Bad, BBQ Brawl for Cooking Channel.

Cane, who reports to Back Roads’ founder and executive producer Colby Gaines, will oversee the company’s development team of six and will be charged with creating and developing original formats tailored to cable.

Most recently, he served as VP of development at BBCWW Productions, where he developed Living With The Enemy for Lifetime and projects for Discovery, TLC, VH1, MTV, A&E and Red Bull.

Before that he spent five years at FMNA, working as VP of development and managing work on formats such as Married to Medicine (Bravo) and Quit Your Day Job (Oxygen), as well as gameshows including Perfect Score (The CW) and Idiotest (GSN).

Cane began his career at MTV, where he worked as showrunner on docureality, gameshows and dating series.

“Jonathan is a seasoned developer and format creator who has earned the trust and respect of buyers for nearly two decades,” said Gaines. “Having a talented salesman with a track record like his at our helm is key as we continue to prioritise cable formats.”

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