Richard Klein


Plimsoll hires former IWC exec Richard Klein for docs push

Yellowstone Live producer Plimsoll Productions has appointed former IWC and ITV exec Richard Klein as head of documentaries. Klein, who most recently served as creative director for Location, Location, Location producer IWC, will oversee docs for the UK and international. Prior to IWC, Klein was director of factual at ITV, and prior to that, he was controller […]

Ex-BBC, ITV factual chief joins Banijay prodco

Richard Klein has resurfaced at Banijay Group-owned unscripted producer IWC Media. The former BBC Four controller and ITV director of factual has been named creative director the London- and Glasgow-based company, which created factual series such as Africa with Griff Rhys Jones for ITV and Britain’s Benefit Tenants for Channel 4. Klein (pictured) left ITV […]

ITV factual boss exiting

ITV’s director of factual, Richard Klein, is leaving the UK commercial broadcaster. Klein joined ITV from digital arts and culture channel BBC Four, where he was controller, in 2013. His departure follows Kevin Lygo replacing Peter Fincham as director of television at ITV, amid several executive changes. “It has been a great thrill to run […]

ITV orders Bully Project for the UK

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered a local version of The Bully Project, the Dutch format that captures footage of kids being bullied and then seeks to address and resolve the problems at hand. The format is sold by Lineup Industries, the international distributor set up last year by former Sony and Endemol execs Ed […]

ITV orders Big Family Mansion from Plimsoll

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered reality series Big Family Mansion from Grant Mansfield’s fledgling indie prodco Plimsoll Productions. The series has different generations of the same family living under the same roof to test whether multi-generational living works for them. The various family members involved put their houses up for sale and all move into […]

Studio Lambert holiday format lands at ITV

A humorous Studio Lambert-created holiday format is set to go out on UK broadcaster ITV. The Trip Advisors (WT) is All3Media-backed Studio Lambert’s first ITV commission in half a decade. The show will reveal how Brits vacation through the experiences of five very different groups of holidaymakers that take the same flights, stay at the […]

ITV orders prom doc from Grant Mansfield prodco

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned Prom Crazy: Frocks and Ferraris, a one-hour doc about American-style prom events in the UK. The one-off ob-doc will follow a group of teens as they prepare for prom night and then on the big night itself. It will also look at the businesses springing up to cater to […]

BBC Two acquires ‘German Band of Brothers’

BBC Two has acquired the 3x90mins German miniseries Generation War, marking the first foreign language drama on the UK broadcaster in 12 years. Generation War depicts the lives of five young German friends during World War II, whose lives veer in wildly different directions as the horror of the period plays out between 1941 and […]

BBC Four controller role axed

The BBC’s director of television Danny Cohen has scrapped the BBC Four controller that Richard Klein occupied before exiting for ITV. Speculation Cohen would axe the role has been mounting since Klein’s departure in May and the BBC today confirmed BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow (left) would take control of arts and culture-skewed Four. A […]

Jonathan Ross prodco making BBC history series

HotSauce TV, the production company founded by British TV talkshow host Jonathan Ross, has won a commission for BBC factual series, Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses Of Ancient Rome. The historical three-parter will go out on BBC Four and examine the role of exceptional women in ancient Rome. The first episode will look at trailblazing […]