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Former UKTV, IWC execs launch Red Sky Productions

Jane Rogerson, formerly director of commissioning at UKTV, has teamed with IWC Media exec producer Ross Harper to launch Red Sky Productions. The Glasgow-based indie will look to develop factual and fact ...
November 3, 2016

Jane Rogerson, formerly director of commissioning at UKTV, has teamed with IWC Media exec producer Ross Harper to launch Red Sky Productions.

The Glasgow-based indie will look to develop factual and fact ent for the UK, international and digital marketplaces.

“As a true independent based in Scotland, we’re able to drive towards our ambition to make stand out and entertaining factual content of the highest quality across the UK and internationally,” said Rogerson in a statement. “We’re fortunate to have found a group of minority investors who can add stellar experience and expertise to our company. We’re brimming with ideas and can’t wait to get cracking.”

As its first order of business, the production house has partnered with a group of angel investors who have taken a minority stake in Red Sky to support the firm creatively and commercially. It has also received funding from Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and Channel 4′s Alpha Fund, which supports creative development for indies in the UK.

Joint MDs Rogerson and Harper have named former Firecracker Films CEO Sue Oriel as an advisor responsible for forming the management and financial side of the company, as well as locating international distribution partners.

Additionally, BBC Science development exec Ros Homan will join Red Sky as its head of development. Her specialist factual development credits include BBC1′s Supermarket Secrets, BBC2′s An Hour to Save Your Life and What’s the Right Diet for You? and BBC4′s The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins.

As director of commissioning at UKTV, Rogerson oversaw original content to all 10 of the broadcaster’s channels. Prior to this, she served as controller of features at ITV, deputy chair of the Edinburgh TV Festival, creative director at London’s Mentorn Media and as an exec producer with a raft of companies including ITN Productions, Channel 4. Her credits include Dynamo: Magician Impossible; Yes, Prime Minister; Red Dwarf X; and Hairy Bikers Mississippi Adventure.

Harper’s credits, meanwhile, include ITV’s Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones, BBC4′s The Inca: Masters of the Clouds and C&I’s Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence.

 

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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