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Nutopia makes senior management hires

Jane Root's transatlantic prodco Nutopia has expanded its senior management team, making a range of hires across its production and operations teams.
December 1, 2011

Jane Root’s transatlantic prodco Nutopia has expanded its senior management team, making a range of hires across its production and operations teams.

Nick Metcalfe, formerly a senior member of the Darlow Smithson creative team, joins as exec producer, overseeing Nutopia’s five-part series How We Invented the World.  Working with him on this Discovery Networks International commission will be Josh Wilkins, who is currently series line producer on “a major Nutopia project for the History Channel in the U.S.,” according to the prodco.

Wilkins takes on the additional role of deputy head of production, responsible for the company’s large-scale projects. Also joining the Nutopia team is factual programming specialist Fiona Scott, who joins as head of development.

In addition, Nutopia has appointed Harvey Shackleton, previously director of finance for non-fiction at ITV Studios, as its chief financial officer; whilst Rupert Frisby, previously commercial director at TalkbackTHAMES, joins as a legal and business affairs consultant.

In a statement, Nutopia founder Root said that since launching Nutopia two years ago, thec company’s business “has grown at an exciting pace.”

She added that the new hires “all bring fantastic experience in the development and production of pioneering and ambitious projects, and their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to realize our goal of creating groundbreaking content for global audiences.”

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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