Stephen Lambert, head of programs at U.K. indy RDF Television, has turned to his former employer, the BBC, to find a head of factual programs.
Lambert has appointed Clare Paterson to oversee aspects of both development and production of the genre at RDF. Previously, Paterson worked within BBC documentaries and history for seven years.
‘We’re growing so fast we needed someone who could manage quality control,’ says Lambert, ‘and Clare is a star executive producer. She has a good creative sensibility and people like to work with her.’
Paterson’s most important role will be to executive produce shows on the current RDF slate. At the BBC, she performed a similar role on acclaimed series like Lucy Blakstad’s Naked, Peter Gordon/Amanda Richardson’s Maternity and Jenny Abbot’s Nurse. She will also seek to develop business for RDF with all main U.K. terrestrial networks, says Lambert.
In the first instance, Paterson will not have such an overt role on the international stage. But RDF is progressing in this arena too. Currently, Lambert is working closely with TLC’s recently-appointed programming chief Jana Bennett on a raft of projects. ‘Jana knows the U.K. market very well and is actively seeking to work with indies that she knows and likes.’
Lambert is keen to get direct commissions from TLC – particularly in science – which is looked after at RDF by Cathy Rogers. In a separate development, RDF has also been commissioned to make a science series for the U.K.’s Channel 4, called Six Experiments that Changed the World.