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Anna Blue, Will Spokes set out on Hitchhiker voyage

Former Princess Productions executives Anna Blue and Will Spokes have linked with All3Media to launch a new talent-focused production company called Hitchhiker Television. The label will draw on Blue and Spokes’ ...
September 20, 2017

Former Princess Productions executives Anna Blue and Will Spokes have linked with All3Media to launch a new talent-focused production company called Hitchhiker Television.

The label will draw on Blue and Spokes’ years of experience producing UK series across entertainment, comedy entertainment and popular factual television.

The London-headquartered company will live under All3′s Objective Media Group umbrella, and will work with on-screen talent to create content and provide them with a collaborative partner from development through to production. Hitchhiker will aim to create returning formats with international potential, both for the UK and U.S. markets.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to continue doing what we love — creating and producing new formats across the entertainment genres,” Blue and Spokes said in a joint statement. “It’s especially great to be collaborating on some of those formats with Britain’s brightest onscreen talents. The brilliantly supportive team at OMG are the perfect partners to help us build this new production venture.”

Most recently, Blue and Spokes served as joint head of programming at Princess Productions. Endemol Shine UK in May made the decision to shutter the 20-year-old indie by year’s end following a 10-week appraisal of the studio.

During their tenure at Princess, Blue and Stokes developed a raft of critically acclaimed series, including the social experiment program Life Stripped Bare and Taxi of Mum and Dad, both for Channel 4; and satirical comedy show The Mash Report for BBC2.

In 2010, Blue joined Princess Productions as head of entertainment where she oversaw two seasons of Got to Dance and The Face with Naomi Campbell, and created Sky Living’s The Love Machine. Prior to that, she launched Gallowgate Productions with ITV presenters Ant and Dec where she series produced three seasons of Saturday Night Takeaway.

Spokes, meanwhile, produced myriad series for MTV, Carlton, Tiger Aspect, ITV Studios, Target and Gallowgate before moving to Shine in 2008 to co-create BBC1′s The Magicians. In 2012, he co-founded Tuesday’s Child with Karen Smith and served as a creative director, responsible for exec producing C4′s Superstar Dogs and ITV’s You’re Back in the Room.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Anna and Will – they have been developing and making unique and joyful television formats for years and the prospect of them joining forces with the huge raft of talented performers and writers today to continue that pursuit is truly exciting,” Objective Media Group CEO Layla Smith added.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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