Head of Formats, International Programming & Production
Hayley Babcock is a highly respected international television executive with an extensive background at major Hollywood studios in development, production, acquisition and management. She has wide-ranging experience supervising productions, overseeing multiple global franchises, acquiring programming and uniting diverse international partners to work as a cohesive team.
Currently, Ms. Babcock is the Head of Formats, Programming & Production, International at A+E Networks. She began her career as a producer for KABC Television. After her profession began in the US, she was recruited by RTL Television Germany to executive produce that country’s first, daily live morning talk show. Babcock spent the next 7 years developing and producing unscripted programming in Germany and went on to build the alternative department at a broadcaster in Berlin. Eventually she took the position as Head of Development and Executive Producer for Fremantle Media, where she was responsible for popular local versions of Jeopardy! Family Feud and The Dating Game.
Upon returning to the US Hayley's expertise in the unscripted world abroad landed her at CBS International. From there she spent seven years at Fox building their format production division and went on to Sony Pictures TV where she not only ran their unscripted international productions, but worked on strategic creative development across Sony’s global group of production companies. In her leadership roles at these studios, Babcock successfully led worldwide television partners in new show development and acquisition as well as the creative adaptation and local production of global franchises, overseeing an average of 40 shows in production per year. Some examples: Beauty and the Geek; Joe Millionaire; Shark Tank (aka Dragons’ Den); The Simple Life; Temptation Island; Wheel of Fortune and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
When Sony’s international production division relocated headquarters to London, Babcock left the studio to remain in the US and took on the role as Head of North American Acquisitions for Shine International Distribution, where she built on her strong relationships with US producers and broadcasters to source and acquire scripted and unscripted titles for international sale.
After 2 years with Shine, Babcock ramped up HBMC, a consulting business, and built a slate of clients both in the US and abroad. HBMC counted A+E Television Networks, DRG Distribution and Lloyd Braun’s Whalerock Industries among its clients.
Hayley Babcock received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is fluent in German and conversational in French and is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.