Former BBC2 and BBC4 controller Kim Shillinglaw (pictured) has been named to the newly created position of director of factual programming at Endemol Shine UK.
In the new role, the BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated program maker will be charged with spearheading the strategy for factual across the company’s UK division while overseeing management of such prodcos as Dragonfly, Dragonfly West, DSP and Bristol-based Tigress.
She will report to Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston when she boards the company in September.
News of Shillinglaw’s appointment follows her exit from the British pubcaster in January after less than two years in the role. Previously, she served as head of science and natural history commissioning, having joined the BBC in 2006.
During her time there, Shillinglaw oversaw a range of BBC2 and BBC4 programs including the documentary Meet the Ukippers; docuseries The Detectives, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners , Frozen Planet, Africa and Exodus: Our Journey to Europe; TV experiments such as Are British Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School; and youth-skewing factual offerings such as The Real Marigold Hotel.
“We see factual as a growth area and Kim as the ideal person to champion our ambitions,” said Peter Salmon, chief creative officer at Endemol Shine Group, in a statement. “She is a creative who develops and delivers big ideas and has a great track record in innovation plus a wealth of high-level experience. She will be an incredibly valuable addition to the UK team.”