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Buccaneer Media hires Ross McCarthy as Head of Unscripted

Buccaneer Media has hired Ross McCarthy, a former Executive Producer and Head of Development at Outline Productions, to the newly created role of Head of Unscripted

While at Outline, McCarthy led a successful development drive into factual entertainment formats, creating high-profile brands including BBC Worldwide Channel’s first format commission Million Dollar Intern; Health Freaks and Fat Family Tree for Channel 4; Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival for BBC One, and Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food for BBC Two. Prior to Outline, McCarthy, a former Broadcast Hot Shot, held senior development positions at Wall to Wall, ITV, and Twenty Twenty.  

McCarthy left Outline in December to lead an ambitious project to develop and extend one of BBC Entertainment and Worldwide’s biggest brands, and will start at Buccaneer Media’s London office in March. 

Buccaneer Media was established just under a year ago by one of the UK’s foremost television drama producers Tony Wood and Cineflix Media Inc. Tony was responsible for some of the UK’s most talked about television brands including The Only Way is Essex, Hollyoaks, and Coronation Street, alongside North American successes such as the scripted format House of Anubis

With a range of projects in development and pre-production for broadcasters in the UK and North America, Buccaneer Media expects to announce new commissions shortly.

Buccaneer Media CEO Tony Wood said:  “Ross has a proven track record of creating fantastic factual entertainment formats with high-profile talent. I am really looking forward to mixing up his skills and background with the structured reality programming we’ve been developing.” 

Ross McCarthy said: "I have wanted to play in the structured reality space for some time, so the opportunity to work with the genre's godfather was too good to turn down." 

Buccaneer Media is a new production company set up by Tony Wood, one of the UK’s most successful drama producers, and Cineflix Media. Our focus is on producing programming from family entertainment to high quality drama and structured reality rooted in the social media landscape.  Our philosophy is simple: compelling characters, strong narratives and emotional underpinning all combing to create truly engaging television for audiences worldwide. 

For more information, contact Mark Ogle at OH Communications:

mark@ohcommunications.co.uk; t: +44 (0) 7789 981 561