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Twenty Twenty ups Emma Willis to MD

Warner Bros. International Television Productions UK-owned prodco Twenty Twenty has appointed Emma Willis to the role of managing director. Willis, who joined the company in 2015, moves from her previous position as creative director. ...
December 13, 2017

Warner Bros. International Television Productions UK-owned prodco Twenty Twenty has appointed Emma Willis to the role of managing director.

Willis, who joined the company in 2015, moves from her previous position as creative director. In this role, she worked to drive Twenty Twenty’s creative strategy, winning commissions including The Refugee Camp and the upcoming A House Through Time for BBC2.

In her new role, Willis (pictured, left) will continue to lead Twenty Twenty’s creative vision while working to build shows into global brands. She will report into Ronald Goes, EVP and head of WBITVP.

Before joining Twenty Twenty, Willis was head of documentary commissioning at the BBC, where she commissioned series such as The Great British Bake Off, The Choir, The Secret History of Our Streets and The Great British Sewing Bee. She began her career at Yorkshire Television.

Elswehere, Hana Canter (pictured, right) has been promoted to the role of business director, reporting into Willis.

Canter has overseen all the company’s production output since joining Twenty Twenty in 2011, including the First Dates format. She was also instrumental in managing the company’s transition to full ownership by Warner Bros.

Prior to joining Twenty Twenty, Canter worked for Cineflix. Before that, she worked for eight years as a production executive at Endemol, and was responsible for the launch of formats such as Deal or No Deal?, Pointless and Snog Marry Avoid.

“Emma is a creative executive of the highest caliber and perfectly placed to lead Twenty Twenty onto even greater heights, ably supported by Hana’s considerable business experience and expertise,” said Goes, in a statement. “By appointing from within, we’re very pleased to be able to safeguard in the best possible way the company’s enviable reputation in the UK, and we congratulate both Emma and Hana on their richly deserved new roles.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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