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The Masked Singer talent executive Liz Holmwood has joined the show’s producer Bandicoot in a broader head of talent role.

The indie’s co-founders, managing director Derek McLean and creative director Daniel Nettleton, welcomed “an ebullient character and a brilliant operator” as Holmwood takes the reins.

As well as The Masked Singer, Holwood has worked on a string of ITV shows including All Star Musicals, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Juice and Celebrity X Factor.

She is one of three senior hires at the indie as it looks to build on the success of its hit ITV adaptation of the Korean format.

Bandicoot’s first head of development Kate Stannard has previously held the same role at Banijay UK indie Initial and prior to that was head of entertainment at ITV Studios label Possessed.

McLean and Nettleton said they “jumped through hoops” to sign Stannard.

Completing the new trio is Ruchika Tagore. who joins as a development executive for UK formats, with established fellow exec Rob Cooke remaining focused on North America.

Tagore was one of the TV Collective’s Breakthrough Leaders last year and a Women in Film & TV mentee in 2020.

She was most recently head of development at Objekt Films, where she launched Snap format StevoTheDadMan. Previousl,y she helped develop formats including BBC3’s Angels of the North and Channel 5’s Springtime on the Farm.

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