Plimsoll hires ex-BBC exec as specialist factual chief

Plimsoll Productions has appointed ex-BBC’s Rachel Morgan as head of specialist factual and documentaries, with a former DRG chief also joining the expanding UK indie. Morgan (right) will focus on specialist factual and documentary programming for both the UK and international markets. Previously, she served as commissioning editor for specialist factual at UK pubcaster the […]

Holloway exiting Thames after 20 years

Richard Holloway is leaving FremantleMedia UK producer Thames after 20 years with the business. During that time, he has produced shows such as Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. His career in entertainment, however, spans five decades, making him one of the most recognisable figures in British television and media. His credits […]

BBC Studios poaches Boundless MD for factual

BBC Studios has hired Boundless managing director Hannah Wyatt as the new genre director for factual entertainment and events. Wyatt will leave FremantleMedia UK-owned Boundless in early 2018, and Liam Humphreys, CEO of unscripted at Fremantle, will oversee the role until a replacement is found, according to a company spokesperson. Her hire comes after BBC Studios […]

Agatha Christie chief joins Bob & Co as CEO

Agatha Christie Ltd chief executive Hilary Strong is joining UK-based production group Bob & Co as CEO. Strong is leaving her role at the Agatha Christie estate, which represents the IP of author Christie, after nearly five years. She is exiting to run Bob & Co’s portfolio of television drama, factual programming, film, theatre and […]

BBC orders host of drama & factual titles

EDINBURGH: The BBC’s drama and factual controllers, Piers Wenger and Alison Kirkham, announced a host of new programming coming to the pubcaster at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. New dramas include Scottish series The Cry and The Victim, as well as Jeff Pope’s new series about convicted serial killer Stephen Port, are coming to the […]

Sky Vision & Welsh gov’t partner for factual slate

Sky Vision, the international distribution and production arm of Sky, and the Welsh Government will be working on a range of new factual projects funded by the authority. The projects will receive investment as part of the Welsh Entertainment and Factual Fund, which supports the development of new programming from Wales. In addition to supporting […]

Networks explore factual with GRB

GRB Entertainment has made wildlife and extreme nature programme sales to broadcasters in Japan, China, France and Poland. Nippon Television Japan and Hubu Media China both picked up When Fish Attack, an in depth, analytical look at unexpected underwater attacks. Hubu also acquired When Animals Bite Back, which features real-life encounters with captive and wild […]

UK factual indie hires BBC exec for kids TV

Scotland-based indie Maramedia is blending its natural history programming roots with children’s television for the first time. The company has brought in former head of children’s production for BBC Scotland Simon Parsons to lead a new Marakids children’s brand. Last week, BBC Children’s announced a new Maramedia-produced drama and factual entertainment format titled Gudrun the […]

Smithsonian leads Terranoa doc deals

The US’s Smithsonian Network is getting a 45-minute version of Terranoa-sold factual show Tokyo Phoenix. The network has acquired the doc from the French distributor following its premiere screening at MIPDoc in April. Discovery Networks Asia and VRT in Belgium are also on board the doc, which looks at how Japan’s ultra-modern capital has twice […]

Raw targets US docs with Norman promotion

UK-based prodco Raw has promoted executive producer Louise Norman in a bid to secure more US documentary commissions. Norman has been named head of US documentaries and senior VP of special projects, reporting to company founder Dimitri Doganis and CEO Joely Fether. The All3Media-owned firm is targeting growth in high-end documentaries following the commission of […]