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UKTV rejigs commissioning team

British multi-channel operator UKTV is reshuffling its commissioning structure to better suit its expanding slate of original content. Hilary Rosen (pictured) will remain as deputy director of commissioning while also serving as head ...
August 21, 2018

British multi-channel operator UKTV is reshuffling its commissioning structure to better suit its expanding slate of original content.

Hilary Rosen (pictured) will remain as deputy director of commissioning while also serving as head of factual and factual entertainment. Elsewhere, Helen Nightingale will be upped from commissioning editor to senior commissioning editor.

Lastly, Pete Thornton and Iain Coyle have been promoted from senior commissioning editors to head of scripted and head of comedy entertainment, respectively.

According to a UKTV release, the new commissioning structure reflects the need to manage an increased flow of ideas better, respond to pitches quickly and effectively and ensure that producers come directly to commissioners with high levels of expertise in their assigned genres.

With over 100 original shows in the pipeline, UKTV’s output has increased more than a third in 2018, over last year. The broadcaster has also increased its slate of co-productions and is now commissioning drama for the first time.

Upcoming UKTV originals and co-productions include the docuseries Sex, Knives and Liposuction and Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, the panel show Hypothetical, and Vice Studios’ Beat the Internet with John Robbins.

“We’re growing at such a pace and working across so many genres now, that we need to simplify the relationship for producers and get our best expertise focused in the right places,” said UKTV’s director of commissioning, Richard Watsham, in a statement.

 

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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