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Expectation taps factual creative directors

Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks‘ fledgling multi-genre indie Expectation has expanded its factual division with the appointment of dual creative directors. Joining the West London-based firm, which received a 24.9% minority stake ...
March 23, 2017

Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks‘ fledgling multi-genre indie Expectation has expanded its factual division with the appointment of dual creative directors.

Joining the West London-based firm, which received a 24.9% minority stake from BBC Worldwide, are Colin Barr and Amy Flanagan who will focus on the factual and factual drama genres within the business.

BAFTA- and Emmy-winning executive producer and director Barr joins Expectation as creative director of factual and factual drama from Minnow Films, where he served as creative director.

“The chance to work with Peter and Tim and to help build Expectation into one of the most exciting and respected producers in the country, was just too good to refuse,” said Barr in a statement. “They’re assembling a brilliant team of talent which I’m very proud — and just a little awed — to be joining. It feels like the perfect time to be creating a company that is truly cross-genre and collaborative and genuinely more than the sum of its parts.”

Flanagan, previously deputy head of factual at Channel 4, has been tapped as Expectation’s creative director of factual. She has previously been responsible for commissioning such award-winning factual programs as The Murder Detectives, My Son the Jihadi, The Romanians Are Coming and Hunted.

 “Spending the last three years at Channel 4 has been a brilliant experience — it’s been a total privilege to work with so many incredibly talented people both inside and outside the building,” added Flanagan. “But I miss production and I’m very excited to be re-joining the indie world at Expectation alongside Peter, Tim, Colin and the team.”

Expectation was launched last month by Fincham, former ITV director of television, and Hincks, ex-Endemol Shine Group president, with six departments across both non-scripted and scripted programming, including fact-ent, entertainment, reality, factual, drama and comedy.

The pair now joins previously announced creative directors of entertainment Nick Mather and Nick Samwell-Smith; and the in-coming creative director of comedy Nerys Evans.

Both Barr and Flanagan are scheduled to join Expectation later in the year.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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