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Betty aims to broaden slate with new hires

The UK indie has hired showrunner David Harrison and former Fresh One executive producer Kate Morey as the prodco ramps up its features and adventure programming. (Pictured: Kings of the Wild)
October 21, 2015

In a bid to ramp up its features and adventure programming, UK indie betty has bolstered its executive ranks with the additions of showrunner David Harrison and features executive producer Kate Morey.

In his new position, Harrison will be charged with growing the London-based prodco’s adventure and male-skewing factual titles. He previously held roles at Tern TV, Zodiak Media, IWC and Indus, while heading his own prodco Ambition Productions.

Harrison has led production teams for such programs as Discovery Networks’ Bear Grylls: Breaking Point and Kings of the Wild (pictured), Animal Planet’s Big Fish Man and BBC2′s Ben and James Versus the Arabian Desert.

Meanwhile, Morey will be responsible for exec producing betty’s original six-part series Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners: Country House Rescue for UK pubcaster Channel 4.

Morey boards the company following a stint with the London-based Fresh One where she exec produced House of Hypochondriacs for C4. Her production credits include Channel 4′s Jews at Ten and One Born Every Minute, BBC1′s Famous, Rich & Jobless and Discovery Networks International’s Too Ugly for Love?.

The appointments come after China’s Dragon TV ordered the 12 x 90-minute Bear Grylls-fronted adventure series Survivor Games from betty’s catalog, with Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Bear Grylls Ventures and DocuChina on board as coproducers. The producer’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners: Country House Rescue has also been renewed by Channel 4 for a sophomore season.

Both Harrison and Morey are to join the recently appointed Ceri Jones, who was brought on to exec produce the tentatively titled Super Couponers: Holiday for Channel 4.

“As a portfolio company we need execs who are equally comfortable delivering features and factual entertainment shows and with experience in both these genres, plus developing new programs, they are the perfect choice,” said Neil Smith, joint MD for betty, in a statement.

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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