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Primal Media picks Lime exec Riley

UK-based unscripted producer Primal Media has hired Ben Riley, the former head of entertainment formats at Lime Productions, as its head of development.

Ben Riley

Riley will join the business in the role having been behind recent Lime commissions in the UK and US including True Love or True Lies? for MTV and #Dating No Filter for E!.

Prior to Lime, Riley was based in Australia where he produced The Voice, Big Brother Australia and Beauty & the Geek and headed factual entertainment development for Matchbox Pictures.

He previously held senior production roles on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Big Brother UK and 71 Degrees North.

Riley’s departure from All3Media America-owned Lime comes after a management rejig at the company earlier this year that saw its head of unscripted development, Ben Crompton, move from the UK to its US division.

Earlier this year, STV Productions acquired a majority stake in Primal Media, which has been behind shows including Carnage and Release the Hounds.

“They make exactly the type of shows I like to watch – like unscripted movies – and whether it’s entertainment, reality or factual I relish the challenge of creating these types of ambitious projects,” said Riley.

Last week, Channel 4 confirmed Primal Media has been commissioned to make two-part documentary commission Home Free.

The show will follow a group of young people with learning disabilities who are leaving home for the first time and moving into supported living apartments that offer the chance of independent living.


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