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Leadership shake up at “Bear Grylls: Mission Survive” producer betty

UK factual producer betty is on the lookout for a chief creative officer following news of the pending departure of co-managing directors Matthew Littleford and Neil Smith. Littleford and Smith, who took on the co-MD ...
June 20, 2017

UK factual producer betty is on the lookout for a chief creative officer following news of the pending departure of co-managing directors Matthew Littleford and Neil Smith.

Littleford and Smith, who took on the co-MD roles in June 2015, are expected to leave the company in July.

Jane Turton, CEO of betty parent co All3Media, confirmed the shake up in an email.

“Under the leadership of Neil and Matthew, betty has produced some truly distinctive, popular and award winning-series ranging from The Undateables and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (pictured, above) to The Autistic Gardener.  I’d like to thank both of them for their all their hard work, commitment and passion and wish them the very best for the future,” she said.

Neil Smith and Matthew Littleford

Neil Smith and Matthew Littleford

The changes at the top come weeks after All3Media acquired betty from Discovery Communications in May.

Littleford joined the prodco from BBC Worldwide, where he was editorial director for digital. At betty, he was responsible for business strategy, international sales, finance and operations.

Smith, meanwhile, was responsible for the creative side of the business, including production and development.

“Betty is one of the best indies in the business and we’re incredibly proud to have been a part of it. We wish the team all the best and we’re excited about what the future holds for us,” the outgoing MDs said in a joint statement.

 

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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