Naked Entertainment has expanded its senior team by hiring showrunners Stef Wagstaffe (Undercover Boss) and David Tibballs (Billion Dollar Buyer) as executive producers and appointing Nelesh Dhand to head factual development.
Wagstaffe’s credits also include Wife Swap, Superfoods: The Real Story, Born Naughty?, Dirty Weekenders, The Naked Village and the U.K. launch of Married at First Sight. Tibballs, who joins Naked Entertainment this month and will be based in L.A., recently created and ran the first three seasons of Billion Dollar Buyer for CNBC. His other credits are Utopia and I Wanna Marry Harry, among other titles.
Dhand, meanwhile, returns to Naked Entertainment, having previously held the role of development producer. He most recently served as development executive at Optomen, where he helped land a number of commissions and directed How to Live When You’re Dieing for BBC Three. Dhand will work closely with Tom O’Brien, the director of development, and seek to strengthen Naked Entertainment’s position in the factual and factual-entertainment space.
Simon Andreae, the CEO of Naked Entertainment, said, “We’re thrilled that Stef, David and Nel are joining us. They are all top-class creative leaders, with a warmth, wit and wisdom that informs both their shows and their working practices and which we cherish highly. With their appointments, we’re perfectly primed for our next stage of growth.”
Wagstaffe added, “Naked is building a reputation for shows that are smart, distinctive and editorially ambitious. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and supervising some of their most exciting new series on both sides of the Atlantic.”