Tigress hires BBC execs for features, fact ent

Bristol-based Tigress Productions has named two BBC Features heads to senior roles, with Pete Lawrence (pictured) taking up the creative director role and Claire Urquhart recently joining as the head of development.
November 20, 2013

UK-based Tigress Productions has hired two BBC Features heads to serve in senior roles, with Pete Lawrence (pictured) taking up the creative director role and Claire Urquhart joining as the head of development.

The appointments are part of a strategy to expand Tigress’ features and factual entertainment output, an expansion on the prodco’s specialist factual, wildlife and adventure slate.

Lawrence, currently the head of BBC Features Production, will join Tigress next year. At the BBC, he oversees the development of shows including Crimewatch, Antiques Roadshow, Simple SuppersThe Prison Restaurant and Million Pound Bike Ride. 

He has also series produced BBC1′s Holiday Swaps and BBC4′s Timeshift, and held various roles at the BBC including head of development, BBC Bristol factual and creative director, features.

Claire Urquhart took up her role at Tigress in September, and was previously the head of BBC Features development, Pan UK.

Her credits from various roles at the BBC include Hairy Bikers Asian Odyssey, The Great British Winter, Supermarket Farm, Cash Britain, Lorraine Pascal Fast Fresh, Easy and Nigelissima. 

Urquhart has also developed formats at Outline Productions, including The Great British Food Revival, The Secret Tourist and Fat Families.

The expansion strategy is led by Dick Colthurst, managing director of Tigress Productions, and overseen by Colette Foster, joint managing director of Remarkable Television.

“I’m thrilled that Pete and Claire will be spearheading Tigress’s expansion into features and factual entertainment, building on the innovative wildlife and adventure programs we’re currently best known for,” said Colthurst. “They each have a terrific track record and we couldn’t ask to have more highly experienced and creative talent in these leading roles.”

“Tigress is in a perfect position to build on its long-running success and further diversify its output into features and factual entertainment programming,” added Foster. “With Pete and Claire joining the brilliant team that Dick has built and led, the company is primed to deliver a new and exciting line up of hit series across a range of genres.”

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