British indie Icon Films has hired Mentorn Media’s Matthew Clifton as head of development.
Clifton will be responsible for leading the Mighty Rivers and Savage Kingdom prodco’s UK factual slate. He reports to Stephen McQuillan and divides his time between Icon’s Bristol headquarters and its London offices.
Clifton joins Icon from Tinopolis Group-owned producer Mentorn Media, where he served as head of development. During his six-year tenure there, Clifton helped develop a range of series including Channel 4′s The Jihadis Next Door and The Fried Chicken Shop: Life in a Day, BBC2′s Robot Wars, BBC1′s Costa Del Sol: Last Brits Standing and Sky’s The Big Family Movie Singalong.
Prior to Mentorn, Clifton held a variety of titles at such companies as Endemol, Ricochet and Rise Films, as well as working in-house for broadcasters MTV International and BBC Television.
Clifton will join the Icon Films team at next month’s MIPCOM market, running Oct. 15-18 in Cannes.
The appointment follows a wave of activity for Icon Films in the UK this year. Most recently, Sky Arts commissioned Icon’s hour-long documentary Judy Garland by Marc Almond for the Sky Arts ‘Passions’ strand; Channel 5 ordered a follow-up film to Icon’s 2016 doc Restless Legs: Can’t Stop Twitching; and Channel 4′s More 4 renewed obs-doc series Animal Airport for a third season. UK commercial broadcaster ITV, meanwhile, recently acquired Icon’s docuseries Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers.