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BBC Worldwide Alum to Head Up Development at Back Roads


Former BBC Worldwide executive Jonathan Cane has been appointed as the head of development at Back Roads Entertainment.

In his new role, Cane will oversee the company’s development team of six. He will be tasked with creating and developing original formats specifically tailored to the cable marketplace. Cane will report directly to Colby Gaines, founder and executive producer.

Most recently, Cane served as VP of development for BBC Worldwide Productions, where he developed Living with the Enemy for Lifetime, along with projects for Discovery, TLC, VH1, MTV, A&E and Red Bull. Prior to that, he spent five years at FremantleMedia North America. Cane began his career at MTV.

“Jonathan is a seasoned developer and format creator who has earned the trust and respect of buyers for nearly two decades,” said Gaines. “Having a talented salesman with a track record like his at our helm is key as we continue to prioritize cable formats.”

“Colby and his team are some of the best content creators and hardest working producers in the business,” added Cane. “I am excited to draft off their energy and develop a robust and diverse string of hits!”

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