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7 Wonder recruits former betty exec Duncan Coates

UK indie 7 Wonder has appointed former betty exec Duncan Coates to the post of creative director. In the newly created role, Coates (pictured) will work alongside 7 Wonder’s creative team to ...
October 3, 2016

UK indie 7 Wonder has appointed former betty exec Duncan Coates to the post of creative director.

In the newly created role, Coates (pictured) will work alongside 7 Wonder’s creative team to support the shop’s accelerated growth and non-scripted production output. He will report into Alexandra Fraser, co-founder and chief creative officer, when he joins in November.

Coates currently serves as director of programs at London-based indie betty, where he oversees the creative output on such series as The Undateables, Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke, Obsessive Compulsive Country House Cleaners and Tricks of the Restaurant Trade, all for Channel 4; and Too Ugly For Love? for TLC. 

Prior to joining betty, he served as executive producer at Wall to Wall where his credits included BAFTA and RTS-winning series Long Lost Family and Wanted: A Family of My Own for ITV, as well as The Gift for BBC1.

7 Wonder was founded in 2014 with backing by Australia’s Seven Network and, earlier this year, launched a regional office within The Library of Birmingham. It has produced programs for ITV, Channel 4, Sky 1 and the BBC.

“We’ve enjoyed a hugely busy and successful first two years and Duncan’s appointment as creative director will allow us to be even more ambitious with the ideas we develop, and uncompromising in the quality of the shows we deliver,” said Fraser in a statement.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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