Derren Lawford


Avalon Factual Television exec moves to Woodcut

Avalon Factual Television features and daytime chief Matthew Gordon is moving to another UK prodco, Woodcut Media. Gordon (pictured) has been named executive producer of factual, reporting to Woodcut CEO Kate Beal. He’ll work also closely with Woodcut’s creative director, Derren Lawford. Bob & Co.-owned Woodcut is known for factual shows such as Jo Frost […]

New Idris Elba doc is Cut From a Different Cloth

Idris Elba will feature in and produce a new documentary about the fashion brand Superdry. Elba’s indie, Green Door Pictures, is coproducing Cut From a Different Cloth with UK prodco Woodcut Media. Content Television, which sold Elba’s previous doc, Mandela, My Dad and Me, is attached to distribute. The ob-doc will look into Superdry as […]

Woodcut appoints BBC, Lion TV veteran

UK indie producer Woodcut Media has appointed Jeremy Mills chairman. Mills (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 […]

Woodcut, Content book table at The Ivy

Viewers will go behind the scenes at London’s iconic celebrity hangout The Ivy in a new documentary from UK producer Woodcut Media and transatlantic firm Content Media. Woodcut and Content have teamed with director Adrian Shibley (The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill) on the one-hour programme, which marks the first time The Ivy […]

Woodcut poaches A+E commissioner

Woodcut Media has poached A+E Networks UK buyer Jinal Patel to become its joint creative director. At Sky joint venture A+E UK, Patel (pictured) was senior commissioning and acquisitions editor, focused on the on the Crime + Investigation and Lifetime channels. At Woodcut, she will be executive producer, working alongside CEO and founder Kate Beal […]

London Live’s Lawford joins Beal’s Woodcut

Former BBC Worldwide iPlayer exec Derren Lawford has joined Kate Beal’s new indie, Woodcut Media, as joint creative director. Lawford joins from London Live, the local digital channel that services England’s capital city, where he was commissioning executive. At Woodcut, Lawford will work to secure commissions, work on production in the UK and internationally, and […]

London Live drops entertainment shows

UK local TV operation London Live will stop making and buying entertainment series, and instead focus on news and current affairs programming. Programming execs such as head of programming and commissioning Jonathan Boseley (pictured) and commissioning executive Derren Lawford – formerly BBC Worldwide’s head of programming and scheduling for the Global iPlayer – will be […]

iPlayer content boss leaves for Livity

Derren Lawford is leaving his position as head of programming and scheduling for Global BBC iPlayer to join youth agency Livity. At Livity, Lawford will be head of conent, providing direction across its activities with a focus on the youth engagement agency’s online video output. The organisation has produced multiplatform content including Channel 4’s teen […]