Nicholas Oakley-Tilley joined HLN as Senior Director, Development in July 2014. He leads the network’s Los Angeles-based development team.
In this role, Oakley-Tilley supervises the development of concepts through to series, serves as Executive In Charge on multiple current projects, and manages pitches from the creative community. He reports to Kari Kim, Vice President, Development in New York, working in tandem with her to determine HLN’s development strategy. As the network undergoes a major rebrand to become ‘the first all-screens home for the social media community’, Oakley-Tilley oversees projects for both the traditional broadcast network, as well as HLN’s social and digital platforms. Most recently, he has managed the creative development of HLN’s groundbreaking first venture into ad-funded programming, working closely with a major brand to create a true all-screens project.
Prior to joining HLN, Oakley-Tilley served as Vice President, Development at both MTV, during the heightened Jersey Shore reign, and at ITV Studios in Los Angeles, helping adapt their formats for the US market, including Hell’s Kitchen, Celebrity Fit Club, I’m A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here! and Nanny 911. Most recently, he served as U.S. development consultant to UK prodco Mentorn.
Before moving to California in 2005, Oakley-Tilley was part of ITV’s London-based entertainment development team (then known as Granada), helping to develop a number of big network hits and BAFTA-winning series. Before that, his production career began at the BBC, working on talk shows, daily comedy series and international hit formats like Weakest Link.
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