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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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