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eOne names Boat Rocker’s Kerry Appleyard to lead scripted, unscripted in shake-up

Kerry Appleyard (left) and Tecca Crosby

Lionsgate-owned Canadian production group Entertainment One (eOne) is appointing Kerry Appleyard as its senior VP of scripted and unscripted as part of an executive reorganisation.

The reorganisation, effective from April 1, follows the conclusion of Lionsgate’s takeover of the business from Hasbro in January and sees Canada exec VP Tecca Crosby leaving the company after 12 years.

Appleyard joins eOne in Canada as senior VP of scripted and unscripted and will direct both teams reporting to eOne’s Canada TV president Jocelyn Hamilton.

Previously, Appleyard was senior VP and head of scripted for Canada at Boat Rocker Studios where she exec produced original primetime series, including Orphan Black for Space and BBC America and its spin-off Orphan Black: Echoes for AMC.

Other credits include Second World War spy drama X Company (CBC), comedy Cavendish (CBC) and recent drama Robyn Hood (Corus). She also oversaw the space adventure series Killjoys (Space, Syfy).

Crosby, meanwhile, will be leaving the company after 12 years. During her tenure with eOne, she shepherded series including Private Eyes, Mary Kills People, Moonshine, Bitten and The Spencer Sisters from development to the screen.

In addition to Appleyard’s appointment, Darren Giblin has been promoted to senior VP of current and coproductions, reporting to Hamilton.

Andrew Kelly will take on the role of VP of scripted development with Scott Boyd and Christine Diakos serving as VP’s unscripted development, all reporting to Appleyard.

Isabel Gomez-Moriana will continue as director of scripted development and Jessica Liadsky will continue as development manager.

“Tecca has been a great creative partner, a wonderful mentor to her team and an accomplished executive with a long track record of original, daring and successful scripted series,” said Hamilton.

“She has earned the respect and admiration of all of her colleagues and she will be deeply missed by her eOne Canada family. We thank her for her contributions to our company and industry. We’re very fortunate to welcome an executive of Kerry’s stature to eOne. She brings great creative instincts and strong talent relationships to our scripted and unscripted business as part of a reorganisation that will enhance our overall creative and business strategy.”

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