UK indie Arrow Media has hired Endemol Shine exec Oliver Wright to head up its new features division.
Wright, who will report to company cofounders and creative directors Tom Brisley and John Smithson, has developed and produced reality programs, documentaries and features for a variety of UK broadcasters. His credits include as Embarrassing Bodies, Daniella Westbrook: Eastenders, Drugs and My New Nose and Bodyshockers.
“We are going through a very interesting and exciting time at Arrow. We have had great success in providing compelling and innovative factual content for UK, U.S. and international broadcasters,” Brisley and Smithson said in a joint statement. “So a move into features seemed like a natural fit for us, especially as broadcasters in both the UK and U.S. start to look more and more to cross-genre commissions.”
Arrow has also hired James McGregor in the newly created role of head of legal and commercial affairs. He will oversee legal strategies and relationships and help develop wider commercial interests. Prior to joining the company, he was director of legal and business affairs for Optomen Television and head of legal and business affairs at RDF Media Group (now Zodiak Media).
Founded in 2011, Arrow’s recent projects include the feature doc Sherpa, which will air on Discovery Networks International next year, and the National Geographic Channel series Ultimate Airport: Dubai.