Former betty exec producer dives into Freshwater Films

London-based indie Freshwater Films has appointed Tom Sheahan (pictured), former executive producer at Discovery Communications-owned shop betty, as executive producer.
May 16, 2016

London-based indie Freshwater Films has appointed Tom Sheahan (pictured), former executive producer at Discovery Communications-owned shop betty, as executive producer.

In his new role, Sheahan will be charged with developing new features, documentary, adventure and factual format content with oversight over Freshwater’s existing production slate, including the latest series of Sky1′s Extreme World.

At betty, Sheahan’s executive production credits include Discovery’s Bear Grylls: Breaking Point, Discovery Asia and Shanghai Media’s Survivor Games, ITV’s Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Discovery Networks International’s Kings of the Wild.

He previously worked at Shine, producing Channel 4′s The Island with Bear Grylls, for which he won the 2015 BAFTA for best reality and constructed factual. Prior to this, he spent time at UK pubcaster BBC working on current affairs and specialist factual programming including the ob-doc series Trawlermen.

“I’ve made several films with Tom before and have always been a big fan of his editorial vision and ability to deliver fresh original programming on a big scale,” said Ross Kemp, owner of Freshwater Films and joint executive producer, in a statement. “I’m looking forward to growing the company with him and expanding into new areas.”

“Ross’s documentaries have consistently succeeded in engaging audiences with really important issues around the world,” Sheahan added. “His ambition to build on this success with a range of new factual programs is an enormously exciting project to be a part of.”

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