Outline Productions co-founder Helen Veale exits, Blink Films duo to assume slate

Helen Veale (Source: Outline Productions)

Outline Productions co-founder and creative director Helen Veale is stepping down after almost 25 years at the company.

Veale founded Outline alongside business partner Laura Mansfield in 1999, with the company’s recent credits including returning series and documentaries such as Sarah Beeny’s New Life In The Country for Channel 4, Michel Roux’s Provence Masterclass for Discovery + and Rochelle Humes: Interior Designer In The Making for W.

The company was acquired by Tin Roof Media in 2017, bringing it under the same group that also owns fellow UK prodco Blink Films (Easter Island Origins, King Charles: The Boy Who Walked Alone).

Going forward, Blink’s creative directors Dan Chambers and Justine Kershaw will assume responsibility for Outline’s production and development slate and creative direction, while the production management and operations of the company remain integrated within Tin Roof under Ulla Streib.

“After almost 25 years running Outline Productions with the brilliant Laura Mansfield, it’s now time for something new,” said Veale in a statement. “I’m so proud of Outline as a company and of the of the values and culture at its heart, which allowed us to work with some of the brightest and best creatives in Britain.

“We hired and nurtured people from all backgrounds and it’s been so great to see them flourish and to achieve amazing things – from running indies to commissioning or running major networks round the world. And we have had the opportunity to work with some truly brilliant on-screen talent.”

Rod Henwood, chairman of Tin Roof Media, added: “Together with Laura, Helen built Outline into a very well-respected indie with the reputation for producing high quality, returning shows for a wide range of clients. Everyone at Tin Roof would like to thank her for making Outline such a success and wish her the very best for her future – where I’m sure she’ll continue to be a leading light in British TV.”

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