Betty names creative director

Discovery Communications-owned UK indie Betty has named Neil Smith (pictured) as its new creative director, and is looking to hire a senior specialist factual exec and a factual exec.
April 24, 2014

UK indie Betty has named Neil Smith (pictured) as its new creative director, as part of a raft of changes at the Discovery Communications-owned prodco.

Smith, an EP at the indie, takes on the role following the departure of Walter Iuzzolino at the end of last year, and will work closely with Betty CEO Liz Warner and head of operations Sophy Walker.

In addition, exec producers David Emerson and Vicky Hamburger have also landed promotions, with Emerson taking on the role of head of features, and Hamburger becoming head of documentaries. The new heads of departments and exec producers will report directly to Smith.

Betty is also looking to appoint a senior specialist factual exec and a factual exec.

In a statement, Warner said: “Neil has been instrumental in creating and winning some of our biggest shows in recent months. He understands the high quality demanded of factual shows at Betty and has the charisma and robust humor needed to pitch and win business.

“His range of experience is rare; he is as good at making a fact ent food format as he is with an art show or a specialist factual or adventure show. This makes him a great fit for a portfolio company like Betty with a growing range of genres.”

Smith’s credits include Bear’s Wild Weekend with Stephen Fry, Country House Rescue, The Food Hospital, Shipwrecked and Big Art for Channel 4; Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell for Discovery; and BBC2′s Get a New Life.

His most recent commission is Best Chef Worst Chef (working title), a forthcoming 6 x 60-minute series for Channel 4.


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