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Pulse grows its TV department

London-based prodco Pulse Films added three new executive appointments to its team, with former talkbackTHAMES CEO Lorraine Heggessey named as a consultant.
March 17, 2011

London-based prodco Pulse Films added three new executive appointments to its team, with former talkbackTHAMES CEO Lorraine Heggessey named as a consultant.

Daniel Glew has been named head of content development, and Harri Watson is on board as development AP. Glew previously headed up Diverse’s development team, where he was responsible for factual entertainment titles, entertainment formats and documentaries such as Pet ER (Discovery UK) and Save My Holiday (BBC1). Before that, he was the head of factual entertainment development and series producer at the BBC, where he produced and developed series such as The Restaurant (BBC2), Panic Room (BBC3)  and The Speaker (BBC2).

Watson was previously at Zodiak Media Group, where she was involved in the creation and development of programming ideas, and she also held development roles at Diverse Production and Outline Productions, developing fact ent series such as Economy Gastronomy (BBC2) and Secret Tourist (BBC1).

In her consultant role, Heggessey will be working with MD Thomas Benski and Pulse’s management team to help further consolidate the company’s position in the industry and increase its output.

Her credits while at talkbackTHAMES included involvement with The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. As the first female controller of BBC One she oversaw the introduction of Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who.

Pulse’s recent television credits include ITV’s Look Back, Don’t Stare, which followed Take That’s reunion with Robbie Williams, and the Grammy-nominated Blur documentary No Distance Left To Run which aired on the BBC. Pulse’s entertainment titles include the Brit hit Pineapple Dance Studios, which recently won an RTS Programme Award and the upcoming comedy-documentary program A Different Breed.

Pulse’s MD Benski said in a statement, “Pulse is at a key stage of growth after such a hugely successful year and we are delighted to be bringing such strong talent on board to help drive the company forward in this next phase.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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