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IWC names Mark Downie as creative director

Glasgow-headquartered IWC, a Banijay Group company, has named Mark Downie as creative director. Downie will be tasked with growing the prodco’s creative output to expand its current popular and specialist factual ...
July 3, 2018

Glasgow-headquartered IWC, a Banijay Group company, has named Mark Downie as creative director.

Downie will be tasked with growing the prodco’s creative output to expand its current popular and specialist factual slate, which has included such programming as Nat Geo’s Science of Stupid and Channel 4′s Location, Location, Location among others. He reports to Peter Langenberg, group COO and interim managing director, IWC.

Downie most recently served as executive producer on ITV’s RTS-nominated Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine and as a development executive at indie Label1 and Banijay-owned 7Wonder creating factual and documentary series.

Downie joined the freelance world from Maverick Television, where, between 2013 and 2016, he was chief creative officer. Having begun there as an executive producer in 2006, during his tenure, he helped launch¬†Embarrassing Bodies (C4), Bizarre E.R. (BBC3) and The Truth About Sugar (BBC1), and oversaw CBBC’s award-winning Operation Ouch!

Downie also held roles at the BBC and Channel 4, where he was editor, daytime and deputy commissioning editor, features. During his tenure at Channel 4,  he commissioned Come Dine With Me, Deal or No Deal and Coach Trip.

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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