London-based popular factual specialist and Transparent Television co-founder Richard Hughes is slated to join The Hot House, the creative incubator launched in April by Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle.
Hughes has been named joint creative director – alongside Fernando de Jesus – at Blumenfeld’s Thinking Violets, where he will manage his own slate alongside Steven D. Wright’s recently launched Kerfuffle and Malcom Clark’s Seriously TV.
Prior to co-founding Transparent TV in 2009, Hughes served as head of development at Flame TV. He sold his stake in Transparent to London-headquartered super indie Argonon in 2015.
His television production credits include Channel 5′s Botched Up Bodies, The Baby with a New Face, 3 Celebs and a Baby and Celeb Swap; ITV’s Tarrant’s Way and Leslie Ash: Face To Face; BBC2′s Restoration Roadshow and Italia Conti: Living The Dream; Channel 4′s My Daughter Amy; UKTV’s I Was a Jet Set Stewardess; and Food Network and Travel Channel’s Jonathan Phang’s Gourmet Trains.
The Hot House – which was initially injected with £3 million (US$4.34 million) – is to differentiate itself from the standard backing model in the independent sector by focusing on creatively-based funding to provide a “genuine creative platform.” It is also not aligned with a super-indie, broadcaster, private equity fund or distribution group.
The new model will supply content creators with the infrastructure, support and guidance they need to succeed alongside Blumenfeld, Bodle and former ITV Studios production manager Jo Juson, who serves as head of production.
The initiative will offer 10 creative teams the opportunity to launch their own labels that will operate from within The Hot House’s London-based offices. The firm will look to provide partnerships with established producers seeking creative freedom as well as development heads and executive producers ready to launch their own independent firms.
The Hot House is backed by Bodle’s recently launched media investment group Purecom Entertainment International.