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Objective Productions launches fact-ent label

All3Media-owned Objective Productions has launched the factual entertainment label Second Star Productions, led by Objective's recently appointed chief creative officer Deborah Sargeant.
December 17, 2015

All3Media-owned Objective Productions has launched the factual entertainment label Second Star Productions, led by Objective’s recently appointed chief creative officer Deborah Sargeant.

As the company’s first order of business, series editor, producer and director Andrew Burgess has been named as head of development. Burgess, who joins Second Star in January, will be tasked with building the prodco’s development team while creating new productions that “harness Objective’s reputation for magic, innovation and fun.”

Burgess previously served as a development executive at John Stanley Productions, and has worked with a range of broadcasters, including ITV, BBC and Sky Arts.

Joining Burgess at the new label will be Anthony Owen, Objective’s current head of magic.

Second Star will take on Objective’s current fact-ent slate, which includes Channel 4′s BAFTA- and RTS-winning It Was Alright in the…, BBC1′s Now You See It and the recently announced Stupid Man Smart Phone, a Kalel copro for BBC3 and BBC Worldwide.

“What I love about Andy is that he brings a wealth of enviable fact-ent experience and by also bringing our Head of Magic, Anthony Owen, into the fold, we hope to create a really vibrant atmosphere to create some truly original ideas,” Sargeant said in a statement.

“We’re looking to create a development team that will attract the best, most innovative producers and ideas people out there,” Burgess added.

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