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Food Network UK hires heads of commissioning, digital

Food Network UK has hired Sue Walton (pictured) to be its consultant head of commissioning and original content, charged with series development, identifying local talent and commissioning and exec producing original productions and coproductions.
June 14, 2011

Scripps Networks Interactive-owned cable channel Food Network UK has hired Sue Walton (pictured) to be its consultant head of commissioning and original content, charged with series development, identifying local talent and commissioning and exec producing original productions and coproductions.

Based in London, Walton was most recently at ITV Studios where she served as head of daytime, providing creative and commercial leadership. She has previously worked in senior programming roles at ITV, the BBC and UKTV.

Nick Thorogood, MD of Food Network EMEA, said: “Sue’s world-class expertise in production and commissioning are a tremendous asset to the network. She will lead the way for expanding Food Network UK’s locally produced programming efforts.”

The network has also appointed Kate Bradshaw as its consultant head of digital, also reporting to Thorogood.

Bradshaw will be responsible for developing and driving the network’s numerous digital initiatives, and most recently served as deputy MD and head of online commissioning for ITV.com, helping oversee the digital exploitation of the UK terrestrial’s top brands, such as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

Both execs will be based in London.

 

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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