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ITV Studios hires development head for factual units

ITV Studios, the production arm of UK broadcaster ITV, has appointed Sally Evans as executive producer and head of development for its in-house units Factual (North) and Shiver, with Andrew Nicholson also joining as an exec producer.
June 30, 2011

ITV Studios, the production arm of UK broadcaster ITV, has appointed Sally Evans as executive producer and head of development for its in-house units Factual (North) and Shiver, with Andrew Nicholson also joining as an exec producer.

The newly created roles will see the duo report to Alexander Gardiner, creative director for ITV Studios Factual (North) and Shiver. Both execs will join in July and will be based in Manchester, with Nicholson overseeing a range of factual production for broadcasters across the industry.

Evans, meanwhile, will lead development for the whole Factual (North) and Shiver division with both the Manchester- and London-based development teams reporting to her, in addition to overseeing the production of a slate of factual programmes.

As an exec producer for the BBC, Nicholson has overseen a portfolio of programming across a range of genres including Antiques Master for BBC2 and Beyond Walford for BBC3. Evans has most recently been working with ITV Studios in a freelance capacity as head of the Manchester development unit.

Gardiner said of the hires: “Both bring to the team a huge breadth of experience in factual programs, which will be invaluable in continuing to grow our business in the region.”

Shows currently in production for ITV Studios Factual (North) and Shiver include Chatsworth, a documentary for the BBC; and May the Best House Win and Someone’s Daughter, Someone’s Son for ITV1.

The news comes as ITV Studios today confirmed that its director of production, Claire Poyser, has left the firm after 14 years, having joined it in 1997. The company is currently seeking a replacement for her.

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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