The U.K.’s Carlton Productions has set down roots on the other side of the Atlantic. The prodco recently opened an office in Princeton, U.S., with an eye towards the market for factual programs on the American east coast. ‘It’s not entirely new, because we have worked in the U.S. for about a year and a half with Newsweek Productions,’ notes Richard Clemmow, Carlton’s director of factual programs. ‘Encouraged by that, we decided to take it through to the next step and form a separate company.’
Clemmow, who recently returned to the U.K. after three years in the U.S., launched the new office (which will operate as Carlton Productions LLC), but he handed over the reins to John Lindsay, who resigned his post as senior VP of national/international productions for Oregon Public Broadcasting to join Carlton. Lindsay, who will hold the title of executive VP and have a staff of four to start, says his goal is to produce 25 to 30 hours in the first year.
According to Clemmow, Carlton Productions’ U.S. office will undertake a wide range of projects. ‘We’re open to producing right across the price range, because we want a mixed portfolio of production,’ he says. ‘Here in the U.K., it’s important to us to have landmark documentaries of many hundreds of thousands of dollars. At the same time, I’ve been looking for volume business at the other end of the spectrum. The same will be true for the business John runs.’
Carlton’s relationship with Newsweek Productions remains intact. Notes Clemmow, ‘We’re looking forward to doing projects with them in the future, just as we have in the past.’
Carlton Productions will also likely work with Carlton America, the Los Angeles office of Carlton International, the company’s distribution arm.