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Eureka Productions’ Wes Dening set to take on global formats role

LA- and Sydney-based Eureka Productions, backed by Fremantle, is promoting Wes Dening to head of global formats.

Wes Dening

In his expanded role, effective from July 1, Dening will lead the expansion and execution of Eureka’s slate of international projects, including Eureka-owned IP, third-party formats and properties from Fremantle Australia’s unscripted catalogue. He will report to co-CEOs Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin.

The news comes three months after Eureka took on the development and production of Fremantle’s entire unscripted slate in Australia, including Australia’s Got Talent, Australian Idol and Farmer Wants a Wife for Seven Network.

That move came after Fremantle increased its investment in Eureka to a majority stake in 2021.

Dening joined Eureka in 2016 as senior VP of programming and development and was promoted to executive VP of programming and development in 2018.

Since 2016, he has served as an executive producer on unscripted projects such as Holey Moley (ABC), Dating Around (Netflix), Finding Magic Mike (HBO Max), Twentysomethings: Austin (Netflix), Full Bloom (HBO Max), The Real Dirty Dancing (Fox) and Crikey! It’s The Irwins (Animal Planet). Before arriving at Eureka, he was the founder and president of international prodco WDE.

“Wes has played a leading role in making Eureka’s formats internationally recognised hits,” said Culvenor and Franklin in a statement.

“Having him in this new position will help us to boost our output with a new slate of stand-out shows for TV networks and platforms in the US, Australia, and around the world.”

Since it was launched in 2016 with backing from Fremantle, Eureka has produced more than 40 series across the US, Canada and Australia.

Its formats slate includes the forthcoming adventure dating competition series The Real Love Boat, which will launch in the US and Australia later this year via CBS and Network Ten respectively.

In the US, its other credits include Frogger (Peacock), Name That Tune (Fox) and TwentySomethings (Netflix), while its Australian slate contains titles such as Luxe Listings (Amazon), Byron Baes (Netflix), Amazing Race Australia (Network Ten) and Parental Guidance (Nine Network).

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