Creative chief for revived Chrysalis

Chris Wright and Mick Pilsworth (pictured) have hired a creative director to over drama for their new version of UK production group Chrysalis Television.

Mick PilsworthSue Gibbs has joined Chrysalis Vision from Hillbilly Films and Television, where she was head of development.

She will work alongside former Chrysalis TV Group bosses Pilsworth and Wright.

Pilsworth and Wright relaunched the Chrysalis brand last year with former Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson and entrepreneur Roger Parry.

Chrysalis Vision’s spiritual predecessor, Chrysalis TV, created shows such as Midsomer Murders.

It was sold to private equity group Bridgepoint Capital in 2003 and renamed All3Media, which subsequently became the UK’s largest prodco group. Discovery Communications and Liberty Global then acquired All3 last year, months after Chrysalis Vision was established.

The new company is currently securing funding through the UK’s SEIS and EIS schemes, with Gibbs overseeing its slate.

Besides UK indie Hillbilly, Chrysalis’s new drama chief has worked for Big Talk Productions, Keshet UK, ITV Studios, BBC Comedy and Carnival Films.

“We are delighted to have attracted such an experienced drama executive as Sue to spearhead our growing television drama development slate,” said Wright.

“She not only brings a tremendous track record in development, but also a wealth of relationships with writers, both established and new”.

Pilsworth added that Gibbs shared Chrysalis Vision’s “vision of placing the writer at the centre of the development and production of new long-running series ideas for British and US television drama”.

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