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Lion TV expands leadership team with new hires

UK factual and entertainment prodco Lion TV has added Emma Morgan and Tom Watt-Smith to its creative leadership team as creative director and head of factual, respectively. Both will report to Nick Catliff, ...
November 27, 2019

UK factual and entertainment prodco Lion TV has added Emma Morgan and Tom Watt-Smith to its creative leadership team as creative director and head of factual, respectively.

Both will report to Nick Catliff, Lion TV’s and chief content officer, and Richard Bradley, chief creative officer, working to grow the prodco’s raft of programming, across entertainment, daytime, science and history, international copros and multi-platform projects.

Morgan (pictured left) was previously creative director at Firecracker Films, where her credits include Emma Willis: Delivering Babies (WTV), Mums Make Porn (Channel 4) and Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (WTV). She has held key roles in both development and production at Twofour, Mentorn and Oxford Scientific Films.

Meanwhile, Watt-Smith (right) has experience as an executive producer and director on specialist factual series and docs at BBC and Channel 4. His credits include directing Drowning in Plastic for BBC1/Raw TV, and executive producing Big Life Fix for BBC2/Studio Lambert.

“Now is a really exciting moment in the Lion story as we embark on a process of investment and creative renewal across our London, Glasgow and New York bases. We are delighted to welcome Emma and Tom who will add their talents and experience to our senior team in the UK and U.S.,” said Bradley and Catliff in a joint statement.

“We have long admired Emma’s brilliant work creating and delivering ground-breaking formats and popular factual shows. She has a wealth of experience and the most fantastic creative energy which will be wonderful assets at the heart of Lion going forward. With his recent Grierson Award, Tom is a rising star of the factual world and we are looking forward to working with him to build on Lion’s distinguished reputation in high-end factual programs and the exciting global opportunities, and take us to new heights.”

Story updated at 8:40 a.m. on Nov. 28

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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