UKTV names Sony, Discovery & Fremantle alum as factual & fact ent commissioner

Bangers & Cash

UKTV has appointed former Sony, Discovery and Fremantle exec Tracy-Jean as commissioning executive across factual and factual entertainment.

The exec, known as TJ, will executive produce programmes across UKTV’s Yesterday, W, Gold and Dave channels, as well as working closely with independent production companies to develop new programmes.


TJ will report to Helen Nightingale, UKTV’s head of factual & factual entertainment, and work with the team behind shows such as Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, Bangers & Cash, Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over and Big Zuu’s Big Eats.

She was most recently an international format & development executive for Sony Pictures Entertainment out of its LA-based gameshow division, where she acquired its first international unscripted format and played a key role in securing the commission of the US version of Raid The Cage.

Prior to that, TJ worked in Sony Entertainment’s London-based global team, and has also worked for Discovery, Fremantle and BBC Worldwide.

Nightingale said: “[TJ] has a wealth of development and format experience at a senior level, a fantastic knowledge of international markets, and I look forward to the fresh new ideas she will bring to our channels.”

TJ added: “Having a background in unscripted formats that was forged on the opposite side of the table gives me a great empathy for anyone who pitches their ideas and I look forward to getting my hands dirty to find great shows together for UKTV’s suite of channels.”

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