Nutopia shuffles UK management team

The British arm of the transatlantic indie has promoted Helena Tait to COO and Josh Wilkins to head of production, while also hiring former C4 commissioner Nav Raman and commercial director Rupert Brankin-Frisby.
June 28, 2012

Transatlantic independent production company Nutopia has shuffled its its senior management team in the UK.

Former head of production Helena Tait has become chief operating officer, while former deputy head of production Josh Wilkins, who has overseen the company’s landmark docs Mankind: How We Invented the World and 1980s: The Decade That Made Us, has been upped to head of production.

Nutopia also hired executive producer and director of development Nav Raman, formerly a commissioning editor for factual entertainment at Channel 4. Her slate included Brat Camp, Super Nanny, Child Genius and the pubcaster’s ‘Top Ten’ and ’100 Greatest’ series. Prior to C4 she was an executive producer for CBBC independent commissioning, and exec produced BBC1′s High Street Dreams and Duncan Bannatyne’s Seaside Rescue.

Rupert Brankin-Frisby, formerly a legal and business affairs consultant for Nutopia, has been hired as commercial director. He is previously a commercial director for TalkbackThames and ran a consultancy that advised media companies on corporate and commercial matters.

Speaking about the appointments, acting MD Carl Griffin said: “Each one brings phenomenal expertise and experience in developing and producing programming with high production values. Nutopia now has an extraordinary wealth of experience across all disciplines.”

Griffin recently joined the company after MD Laura Franses stepped down to pursue new opportunities.

He has a background in finance and law and scripted drama, having spent time in Los Angeles making feature films and TV programming for Disney, Universal, Fox, Columbia and HBO.

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