Sky appoints ex-Nutopian as factual commissioner

Clare Handford, most recently a production executive with Jane Root's Nutopia, will work directly under Sky's head of factual, Celia Taylor.
November 25, 2011

Sky has appointed Clare Handford, most recently a specialist production executive at Nutopia, as a factual commissioning editor.

Handford, reporting directly to Sky head of factual Celia Taylor, starts immediately and will be tasked with overseeing factual shows in production across Sky’s channels as well as sourcing out new ideas to commission.

At Nutopia, Handford aided in securing the commission for How We Invented the World from Discovery Networks International. Before her time with Jane Root’s prodco, she was at IWC, where she developed the Channel 4 science series Brave New World with Stephen Hawking, as well as Titanic: the Aftermath for Discovery Canada/International and Gareth Gates: Stammer House for BBC3.

“I can’t wait for Clare to start at Sky,” said Taylor of the hire. “Her wide ranging experience and brilliant creative skills will be an amazing asset to the factual team.”

“I am really thrilled to be joining the team at Sky at such a pivotal time,” added Handford. “The range and diversity of its channels and its commitment to ambitious and original content on all platforms makes Sky an incredibly exciting place to be right now.”

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