UK super-indie Tinopolis Group has named former NBCUniversal executive David Mortimer to the newly created role of director of content.
Mortimer (pictured) will be responsible for the group’s UK content direction and performance, working with the company’s stable of prodcos – including A. Smith & Co., Magical Elves, Firecracker, Mentorn, Pioneer Productions and Base Productions – in both the UK and U.S. to develop a strong transatlantic production strategy.
In addition, he will be tasked with identifying and recruiting new talent for the group’s popular factual and fact-ent genres.
Most recently, Mortimer spent more than three years at London-based NBCUniversal International Studios as senior VP of factual and entertainment before stepping down from the post in September. During his tenure, he oversaw the company’s unscripted prodcos across the UK, Australia, Canada and Asia and grew the slate from 12 hours in 2011 to more than 150 hours last year. Programs include Channel 4′s Made in Chelsea, The Question Jury and Restoring Britain’s Landmarks; Bravo’s The Real Housewives franchise; Sky 1′s Driving School of Mum & Dad; and NBC’s game show QuizUp.
Prior to this, he was co-founder and MD of UK indie Fever Media alongside the late Richard Hopkins, developing such series as BBC2′s Murder Most Famous and ITV’s 71 Degrees North. Mortimer also spent 15 years at the UK pubcaster BBC in a variety of production and commissioning roles.