Endemol Shine UK and MasterChef UK creative director Karen Ross have launched a new production unit.
Led by Ross (pictured), Sidney Street Productions will concentrate on food, factual and lifestyle formats. The exec will take the helm at the new outfit as MD in January.
As a series producer, Ross re-versioned the format in 2005 and has since spent a decade turning the UK series into a primetime hit for BBC1 with three successful spin-offs, including MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef Junior.
Ross has also developed and launched such popular series as BBC1′s The Box, BBC2′s The Chef’s Protégé and BBC2′s Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites and the forthcoming Mary Berry’s Foolproof Recipes.
Prior to helming MasterChef, Ross served as executive producer working across Shine Features. Before boarding Shine in 2004, the exec developed a number of ob-docs and fact-ent productions at MTV, Granada, Endemol, BBC and Talkback.
David Ambler, MasterChef executive editor, who has worked alongside Ross on the program for the past eight years, will now oversee all versions of the format in the new year from within Shine TV.
“With a strong skill set in food programs and competitions, the vision for Sidney Street Productions is to deliver high quality, populist programming with storytelling at its heart,” said Ross in a statement.
“That MasterChef is enjoying some of its best ratings after 12 years is a testimony to [Karen's] drive, dedication and eye for detail,” added Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston. “She leaves the show on a real high, in the excellent hands of her long-time collaborator David and we are delighted at Endemol Shine to launch the next phase of her story with her.”