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Lime Pictures launches Wise Owl Films with Shiver founder

Lime Pictures, producer of The Only Way Is Essex and Geordie Shore, has teamed with Shiver founder Mark Robinson to launch the Leeds-based, non-scripted label Wise Owl Films. Robinson will report directly to Lime’s joint ...
November 7, 2018

Lime Pictures, producer of The Only Way Is Essex and Geordie Shore, has teamed with Shiver founder Mark Robinson to launch the Leeds-based, non-scripted label Wise Owl Films.

Robinson will report directly to Lime’s joint MDs Kate Little and Claire Poyser, with whom he previously worked at ITV Studios.

Wise Owl marks a new beginning for Robinson, who left Shiver – the ITV Studios label he set up in 2007 – earlier this year. 

As creative director of Shiver, Robinson exec produced more than 200 projects for Shiver, including May The Best House WinDavid Jason: My Life On Screen, Last Laugh In Vegas and The Nation’s Favourite. His departure in July ended a 28-year association with ITV.

Joining Robinson and Wise Owl at launch will be BAFTA-nominated Stuart Ramsay (Last Laugh In VegasThe Miners’ Strike & Me), and RTS-winning producer Kerry Allison (Elton John: The Nation’s Favourite SongUnbelievable Moments: Caught on Camera).

The launch of the prodco follows the news that Channel 4 is establishing a national headquarters in Leeds.

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be making shows in the North of England – and in particular in Leeds,” said Robinson in a statement. “It feels like a city whose time has finally come; we’re determined that Wise Owl is going to be at the heart of it all, playing a key part in the next step of Leeds’ journey.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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