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Foz Allan’s Bryncoed hires first YA development head

Bryncoed Productions has hired its first development head for young adult titles, Jonathan Wolfman.

Wolfman is well-known for his development, production and script-editing credits across CBBC titles Worst Witch, Hetty Feather, Pet Squad, Scoop, The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns and Katy– a new drama based on Dame Jaqueline Wilson’s best-selling children’s novel.

He will oversee the work of Emma Yap, who was hired from NBCUniversal as development producer in June.

A priority project on Wolfman’s new development slate is Undercover Kid, a fast-paced action-adventure series that combines stand-alone stories with ongoing serial cliff-hangers.

Prior to CBBC, Wolfman spent a number of years in development as a producer for Talent Television and Talent Kids, where he worked across a wide range of genres and formats. During this period he produced Skatoony for Cartoon Network — a series that eventually became My Phone Genie — and devised the 96-episode reality game show Best of Friends for CBBC.

Allan said: “I’ve worked with Jonathan for years and know from first-hand experience that his understanding of YA audiences in second to none. As we begin to realise our creative ambitions, we need not only a safe pair of hands, but ones that are also highly skilled in the art of YA concept development. Jonathan not only brings this to Bryncoed but also a mind brimming with wild, weird and wonderful ideas.”

Wolfman added: “I can’t think of a better opportunity than reuniting with Foz and helping him to develop smart, accessible content for YA audiences. I’ve been working on a couple of screenplays for Foz, so it seems a natural step to become fully involved with Bryncoed, driving not only my own projects from script to screen, but also helping to shape the company’s development slate. Mark my words — Bryncoed is one to watch.”