Rare TV Group-owned Screenchannel Television has appointed veteran fact-ent exec Katie Boyd as the UK indie’s first creative director.
In the new position, Boyd (pictured) will be tasked with expanding the London-based producer’s portfolio of returnable series. Additionally, she will be responsible for identifying and overseeing the company’s slate of UK factual and fact-ent programming with global marketability.
Boyd has previously worked across a raft of factual and fact-ent series for several of the UK’s top production companies, including Maverick Television, Optomen Television, Endemol and Nutopia, where she was head of UK features and formats. Her credits include BBC1′s Home Front, BBC2′s Restoration, ITV’s Good Sex Guide, and Channel 4′s Gok’s Fashion Fix and Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong.
Previously, Boyd served as a commissioning editor at Channel 4, where she developed, commissioned and exec produced such series as Embarrassing Bodies; Location, Location, Location and SuperScrimpers.
Launched in 2009 by joint MDs Peter Lowe and Emma Barker, Screenchannel Television specializes in factual, formatted and factual entertainment programming. The company was acquired outright by Rare Television Group in February 2015.
Screenchannel’s recent commissions include The Real History of Sex for BBC3 and its first ‘Dispatches’ commission for UK pubcaster Channel 4.
“There are few professionals with Katie’s breadth of experience and huge network of broadcast contacts, which include commissioners, talent and agents across the UK and U.S. industries,” said Rare TV Group CEO Antony Fraser in a statement. “She will be an invaluable asset in our mission to evolve our brands into global properties while consolidating our UK position.”