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Clare Thompson comes to Core Media Group

As creative director, the Ignite co-founder and former ITV exec will oversee original programming development and strategy for the UK and Europe out of the company's recently launched London office.
April 23, 2013

Core Media Group has hired former ITV exec Clare Thompson as creative director.

She will develop original programming and strategy for the United Kingdom and Europe and drive investment partnerships with international producers out of the company’s recently-launched London outpost.

Announced during the Realscreen Summit in January, the Idol and So You Think You Can Dance owner’s British operation is headed up by former ITV director of television Simon Shaps, who had worked with Thompson there.

“Clare has consistently shown that she has the flair and determination to help create great television and her work with Ignite added a new dimension to her approach to development,” said Shaps, Core’s managing director of international content and production, in a statement.

Thompson was previously the joint managing director for Ignite, a consultancy she co-founded to run content development and commissioning strategy sessions for networks such as the BBC, Channel 4 and MTV. Before that she spent eight years in various development positions at ITV.

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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