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Mentorn Media brings on Emerson for formats push

UK indie Mentorn Media has named former betty exec David Emerson (pictured) as its head of formats and features.
April 24, 2015

UK indie Mentorn Media has named former betty exec David Emerson (pictured) as its head of formats and features.

Since 2010, Emerson has served as head of features at betty, where he produced a number of factual entertainment and feature programs including The Food Inspectors (BBC One), Rip Off Food (BBC2), and The Autistic Gardener and Country House Rescue (Channel 4).

Other credits include the development of the formats Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners for Channel 4 and Too Ugly for Love for Discovery.

Prior to betty, Emerson worked as series producer at Red House and Talkback Thames on such programs as How Clean is Your House, Property Ladder and Britain’s Best Home.

“What really excites me is that Mentorn want to be at the cutting edge of formats, experimenting with the genre to make bold, exciting shows,” said Emerson in a statement. “They have an extensive portfolio of high-quality programs across a range of genres and I’m looking forward to expanding the range of features and returnable formats.”

Mark Roberts, creative director for the Tinopolis-owned prodco, added: “Over recent years, factual entertainment and entertainment programming has become as important as our factual heritage. David has a wealth of experience in factual entertainment and features formats and we’re delighted to welcome someone of his creative caliber to the team.”

Elsewhere, Iain Scollay has been promoted to head of documentaries for Mentorn. Since joining over a year ago from the BBC, Scollay has been based in Mentorn Scotland’s Glasgow office and has worked on such programs as Costa de Sol – The Last Brits Standing (BBC1), Britain’s Poshest Nannies (ITV) and How Scotland Works (BBC).

Also, development executive Matthew Clifton has been upped to head of development at Mentorn, and Natalie Hill -  who joins the company from Ten66 – has been hired as development executive and executive producer.

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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