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Sylvia D’Souza appointed Head of Reality

By 7plus, Case Studies, SEVEN, Seven West Media

The Seven Network today announced that Sylvia D’Souza has been appointed to the new role of Head of Reality.

Reporting to Seven’s Director of Production, Andrew Backwell, Ms D’Souza will be responsible for the network’s leading slate of reality programs, including MKR, Farmer Wants A Wife, SAS Australia, Kitchen Nightmares, Border Security – Australia’s Front Line and several new shows for 2023 that have not yet been announced.

Ms D’Souza was previously an Executive Producer at Seven. Her extensive credits at the network include SAS Australia, Farmer Wants A Wife, MKR, House Rules, Bride and Prejudice, Seven Year Switch and The All New Monty Guys and Gals.

Her career also includes roles at Endemol Shine Australia, CJZ and Nine Network, working on shows such as Married At First Sight, Travel Guides, Bondi Rescue, MasterChef Australia and Australian Survivor.

“Sylvia has been an invaluable member of the Seven team for many years and I’m delighted she has agreed to take on this important new role, leading the production of many of our current hit shows and some fantastic new shows for next year and beyond.”

Andrew Backwell, Director of Production, Seven Network

Ms D’Souza said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be entrusted to lead Seven’s compelling slate of reality shows. I am excited about what’s to come and grateful to production and programming gods Andrew Backwell and Angus Ross and the many talented producers and production teams we work with who help bring these shows to life.”

Ms D’Souza’s promotion to Head of Reality follows the announcement last month that Majella Wiemers has been appointed to the new role of Head of Entertainment. Ms Wiemers is joining Seven from ITV Studios Australia, where she has been Head of Entertainment since March 2018.

Majella Wiemers joins Seven

By 7plus, Case Studies, SEVEN, Seven West Media

The Seven Network today announced the appointment of Majella Wiemers to the new role of Head of Entertainment.

Reporting to Seven’s Director of Production, Andrew Backwell, Ms Wiemers will join Seven later this year and will be responsible for the network’s leading slate of entertainment programs, including The Voice, Australian Idol and AGT.

Ms Wiemers joins Seven from ITV Studios Australia, where she has been Head of Entertainment since March 2018. Her resume also includes senior roles at Endemol Shine Australia, Nine Network, Network 10 and Southern Star.

Mr Backwell said: “I’ve known and worked with Majella for many years, and I’m delighted that she is joining the team at Seven. She is one of the best television production executives in Australia and is a great addition to our network.”

Ms Wiemers said: “I am so excited to be returning to a network and in particular, the Seven Network – leaders in entertainment. I cannot wait to bring all my skills across all facets of production to this role and to Seven.”

Queensland born, Ms Wiemers began her television career as a news and current affairs reporter and presenter, and producer working on programs such as Today, A Current Affair, Sunday, RPA and Getaway.

Her credits include The Voice, Operation Live, Beat The Chasers, This Is Your Life, Shark Tank, Love Island, This Time Next Year, Last Chance Surgery, Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, The Cube and The Great Australian Spelling Bee.

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