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Firecrest Films bolsters senior team

Iain Scollay and Mark Roberts are joining Glasgow-based indie Firecrest Films as joint creative directors following last week’s investment from the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund. The pair join the Jihadis Next Door ...
January 25, 2017

Iain Scollay and Mark Roberts are joining Glasgow-based indie Firecrest Films as joint creative directors following last week’s investment from the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund.

The pair join the Jihadis Next Door producer from Tinopolis Group-owned Mentorn Media, where they have worked closely together for the past three years.

Scollay (pictured, left) most recently served as creative director of Mentorn Scotland and head of documentaries for Mentorn Media. His executive production credits include C4′s Saddam Goes to Hollywood, BBC4′s Alan Johnson: The Post Office and Me and Channel 5′s re-launch of Traffic Cops.

Prior joining Mentorn in 2013, Scollay was a co-founder of Scottish indie Matchlight.

Roberts (right), meanwhile, comes to Firecrest having most recently served as creative director of Mentorn Media, where he launched Mentorn’s short-form unit responsible for BBC3 films including Things You’ve Always Wanted to Ask a Trans Person…But Probably Shouldn’t and Things People with Down’s Syndrome are Tired of Hearing, which have collectively been watched by more than 25 million people.

Roberts also oversaw such traditional length programs as BBC3′s Free Speech and C4′s Chicken Shop and Angry, White and Proud.

Prior to Mentorn, Roberts held the title of head of factual at UK indie Dragonfly.

Firecrest Films was launched by Nicole Kleeman in 2008 and delivers award-winning content for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN. In the last 18 months, Firecrest’s output has expanded into features, documentary and specialist factual. The indie’s returning format Supershoppers for Channel 4 won this year’s BAFTA Scotland and RTS Scotland Awards for the best feature and factual entertainment program. Firecrest are currently in production with four series and two specials for the BBC and Channel 4.

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