Miller, Wrigley launch UK indie Raconteur Associates

Former BBC Worldwide and All3Media execs William Miller (pictured, left) and Ruth Wrigley (right), respectively, are partnering for a venture focused on unscripted programming and formats for UK and international broadcasters.
December 16, 2015

Former BBC Worldwide and All3Media execs have teamed up to launch an independent production company in the UK.

Led by BBC Worldwide’s former head of talent William Miller (pictured, left) and All3Media’s former group head of entertainment and formats Ruth Wrigley (right), Raconteur Associates will produce unscripted programming and formats for UK and international broadcasters.

The new venture’s model will be based on retaining IP while working with third-party production companies and broadcasters to develop and co-produce content and manage talent. It will also retain a “hands on” executive producer role on projects.

Raconteur will develop and pitch big formatted shows to commissioners while packaging on- and off-screen talent so as to give networks more creative input into how the shows are produced.

Miller will serve as CEO and Wrigley will serve as creative director.

“The idea is to offer high-end, channel-defining formats rather than focus on production,” said Miller in a statement. “Broadcasters have a real hunger for these ideas but are often loathed to commission young new indies. This model enables us to offer them something new and of scale, but to work with the best people for the job, be that in-house or a favored existing indie.”

The company’s development slate includes a paid deal on a high-end factual series for national broadcasters. Raconteur is also in talks with international distributors.

Miller left BBC Worldwide in 2014 to set up his own company. Prior to joining BBCWW, he launched Pabulum with Nigella Lawson and produced her cooking series. He also worked as managing director of indie Uden Associates.

Wrigley has more than 25 years of experience as a producer. She created docuseries The Only Way Is Essex and the first three seasons of Big Brother for Channel 4. Before joining All3Media, she held senior roles at Endemol, Fremantle, Talkback Thames and the BBC.

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