Steve November, Creative Director of UK Television Lionsgate
Reflecting a growth initiative for the Lionsgate UK television business, leading ITV executive Steve November has been hired as Creative Director of UK Television, it was announced today by Zygi Kamasa, CEO for Lionsgate UK & Europe, and Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. Based in Lionsgate UK’s London office, November will spearhead the growth of the Company’s slate of original programming and manage its constellation of relationships with production partners in the UK. He will report to Beggs and Kamasa.
The hire marks the latest step in the continued expansion of Lionsgate’s television business. The Company is a leading supplier of premium series to cable, broadcast and digital platforms with a slate of nearly 80 television series on 40 different networks in the US. In the UK, the Company has recently invested in production companies Primal Media and Kindle Entertainment as well as co-financing the hit Channel 4 comedy Damned.
“Steve is a visionary and experienced executive with great talent relationships and a terrific roster of ground-breaking television series to his credit,” said Kamasa. “He is the perfect choice to oversee the continued build of our UK television business and to collaborate with Kevin, me and the rest of our teams in identifying exciting new creative and strategic opportunities.”
“Zygi and his team have built a premier film brand in the UK, and Steve November has the skills and vision to extend that leadership into television,” said Beggs. “We look forward to working closely with our UK colleagues in creating and delivering the kind of noisy, quality programming that is a Lionsgate signature to buyers in the UK, the US and around the world.”
Steve November added “I am delighted to be joining Lionsgate, a company with the scale, ambition and experience to capitalise on the strength and breadth of creativity in the UK and to lead the way in high end television production. It is a very exciting prospect and I am very much looking forward to the new challenge.”
November most recently served as Director of Drama, ITV Channels and for the past three years was responsible for the ITV drama slate including Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Doc Martin and Scott & Bailey as well as new commissions including Marcella, The Durrells, Victoria, Maigret, Unforgotten, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, The Frankenstein Chronicles and the return of Cold Feet.
Serving as Head of Drama across the ITV network for five years prior he oversaw the development of peak time dramas including Law & Order:UK, Foyle’s War, Poirot, Marple, Wild at Heart, Whitechapel, Midsomer Murders, Mr Selfridge, Above Suspicion and DCI Banks. November also spent seven years at the channel producing flagship shows Emmerdale & Coronation Street.
Lionsgate’s roster of nearly 80 television series on 40 U.S. networks includes the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black on Netflix, fan favorite Nashville on CMT/Hulu, the Golden Globe-nominated Casual on Hulu, the acclaimed drama The Royals on E!, the breakout series Greenleaf on OWN and the eagerly-anticipated network reality series Candy Crush coming to CBS and Kicking & Screaming on Fox.