Red Planet shuffles exec team

Red Planet Pictures has restructured its executive team, naming Alex Jones (pictured, center) and Belinda Campbell (left) as joint MDs and hiring former Crackit Productions exec Newton Velji (right) as head of development for factual.
June 1, 2016

Red Planet Pictures has matched its expansion plans with the restructuring of its executive team.

Alex Jones (pictured, center) and Belinda Campbell (left) have been promoted to joint MDs of the London-headquartered indie, while Newton Velji (right) has joined as head of development for factual. Elsewhere, Alex Protherough has been appointed head of production, and company founder Tony Jordan  will become CEO.

The company is known for such British dramas as BBC1′s The Passing Bells and Death in Paradise but last year created a division focused on factual and factual entertainment formats. Former Channel 5 commissioner Simon Raikes was brought in as creative director of the factual arm, charged with growing the indie’s unscripted slate in the UK and overseas.

Velji, who joins the indie’s factual division from Crackit Productions, will now work alongside Raikes. She has developed a range of factual series, including The Almost Impossible Gameshow (ITV), World’s Toughest Jobs (BBC) and Sweet 16 (MTV UK). She has also worked on The Apprentice, Alan Carr Chatty Man and Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe.

Meanwhile, new co-MD Alex Jones was previously head of business and production at Red Planet while Belinda Campbell served as head of drama.

Jones joined the company in 2007, and his credits include securing Red Planet’s first international coproduction deal for The Nativity. Meanwhile, Campbell joined in 2011 as an executive producer before becoming head of drama.

Protherough joins from Little Island Productions, where he helped establish the indie and oversaw international productions. He previously spent five years at Company Pictures.

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