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Woodcut appoints BBC, Lion TV veteran

UK indie producer Woodcut Media has appointed Jeremy Mills chairman.

jeremy millsMills (pictured) is the co-founder of UK factual indie Lion and also had a long career in news, current affairs and factual programming at UK pubcaster the BBC.

Having co-founded Lion, he exited after it was sold to All3Media. In the newly-created chairman role, Woodcut said he will advise on strategy and growth options as it enters its next phase.

”I could not be more excited to welcome such an outstanding high-profile industry executive such as Jeremy as we transition to the next stage of our development,” said Woodcut CEO Kate Beal.

“He was the driving force behind one of the best factual indies in the UK so the business acumen and strategy he brings to Woodcut is unparalleled.”

“Kate Beal and [creative director] Derren Lawford epitomise the best of the next generation of independent producers, and it is a pleasure to be working with them,” added Mills.

London and Hampshire-based Woodcut is just over a year old. It makes crime shows including The Krays: The Prison Years and Broadmoor – A History of the Criminally Insane and one-off docs including Idris Elba’s Mandela, My Dad and Me.