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Rumpus Media bolsters executive team

Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush‘s Rumpus Media has bolstered its executive leadership with the appointment of Avril Spray as head of comedy entertainment. In her role, Spary (pictured) will be responsible for ...
January 8, 2019

Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush‘s Rumpus Media has bolstered its executive leadership with the appointment of Avril Spray as head of comedy entertainment.

In her role, Spary (pictured) will be responsible for developing and pitching comedy entertainment ideas to UK broadcasters while also working closely with emerging comedians and writers to develop off and on-screen talent.

Spray will report into joint MDs Hudd and Wimbush when she joins the company later this month.

She joins the London-based producer following nine years at Drunk History outfit Tiger Aspect Productions where she worked her way up from a trainee to become a development executive.

“Avril has a rare ability to develop really distinctive, high concept shows that are big on both entertainment and humor,” said Hudd in a statement. “She has a keen eye for talent and really goes the extra mile to nurture them.”

Elsewhere Rumpus has elevated Chantal Barnes to head of development, taking on the role with immediate effect.

Barnes has managed the development slate at Rumpus for the past year, overseeing development on All4′s Personal Dater and the BBC2 Christmas special The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganthan, alongside two yet-to-be announced pilots.

Prior to her time at Rumpus, Barnes worked in development at Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, where she was involved in the development of ITV2′s Almost Impossible Gameshow and ITV’s Give a Pet a Home.

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