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Lorraine McKechnie joins Firecrest Films as executive producer

Glasgow-based television prodco Firecrest Films has appointed Lorraine McKechnie as executive producer. McKechnie joins Firecrest from UK pubcaster Channel 4 where she served as a Nations and Regions executive. Previously, she was ...
July 16, 2018

Glasgow-based television prodco Firecrest Films has appointed Lorraine McKechnie as executive producer.

McKechnie joins Firecrest from UK pubcaster Channel 4 where she served as a Nations and Regions executive.

Previously, she was at television indie Finestripe Productions where she developed and produced a portfolio of award-winning programs, including ITV’s ‘The Day’ strand and Channel 4′s Bank of Dave.

Her other credits included: BBC1′s Stephen Fry: The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive and Channel 4′s Inside Dior, which she series produced before joining the broadcaster in 2017.

“It has been a privilege to work at Channel 4 as the Nations and Regions Exec, and although I am sad to be leaving, I am incredibly excited to be joining Firecrest at such a key time in its growth,” said McKechnie in a statement. “I have long admired Nicole, Iain and Mark’s values, rigor and the quality of the programs they make. I look forward to developing the next generation of ideas with them, and helping to cement their position as a key Scottish supplier.”

Firecrests continues to expand its team following investment from the Channel 4 Growth Fund, which took a minority stake in the business in January 2017.

The company’s factual output includes Channel 4′s flagship consumer series Supershoppers, which won BAFTA Scotland and RTS Scotland awards in 2016; docuseries including C4′s Lifers Behind Bars and BBC Scotland’s The Cancer Hospital; and single films such as BBC Scotland’s Breadline Kids, C4′s Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother, and Tessa Jowell: Her Last Campaign for BBC1′s investigative strand ‘Panorama’.

Firecrest’s latest film is Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network, an investigative piece into the world’s biggest social media company. It premieres July 17 at 9 p.m. on Channel 4.

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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