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.