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Chris Wilson joins 7 Wonder as head of popular factual

Sky commissioning editor Chris Wilson (pictured) is leaving the British pay-TV network to head up popular factual at nascent UK indie 7 Wonder.
September 17, 2014

Chris Wilson (pictured) is to head up popular factual at 7 Wonder, the UK indie launched by Australian broadcaster Seven Network in partnership with former Maverick Television execs in March.

Most recently the commissioning editor for factual at Sky, Wilson will develop and manage the popular factual slate and report to chief creative officer Alexandra Fraser and CEO Liza Abbott, who previously held key posts at London-based Maverick Television.

Wilson joined Sky in 2012 and commissioned the network’s first fixed-rig series The Sun Set, Flintoff: Lord of The Fries and All Aboard East Coast Trains, as well as documentaries for Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts titles such as David Bailey’s Stardust. Before that he was a freelance documentary producer, director and editor.

Wilson was also behind 7 Wonder’s first commission Micky Flanagan’s Detour de France, which followed English comedian Micky Flanagan and a bricklayer friend as they cycled across France visiting landmarks, vineyards and a nudist camp.

7 Wonder has also hired Mish Mayer as head of development to oversee the company’s slate of factual and factual entertainment formats. She will work with the development team at Seven Productions in Australia to adapt Seven formats for the UK market and vice versa. She most recently worked for TwoFour Broadcast.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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