Derren Lawford joins Woodcut Media

Derren Lawford (pictured) is joining Woodcut Media as joint creative director, following the UK indie's acquisition by Stitchcombe Productions last month.
September 22, 2014

Derren Lawford (pictured)  has been named joint creative director of UK-based documentary and factual programming producer Woodcut Media, effectively immediately.

He will report to Kate Beal, Woodcut Media’s CEO and fellow joint creative director, and work alongside her to secure commissions and oversee the company’s strategic developments. He will also be partially responsible for both domestic and international production operations.

Lawford is a former commissioning executive for London Live, where he commissioned and acquired programs for Raw, an experimental multi-genre platform that gave several YouTube personalities their TV debut.

He also commissioned documentaries for the channel’s Platform 8, including Trap Town and No Place Like Home, and previously held various roles at the BBC.

“As Woodcut Media gathers momentum, we are pleased to welcome Derren to our team,” said Beal in a statement. “He is a highly regarded media executive, and one of the most creative people I know. He brings a wealth of experience to his role and he will no doubt prove to be a valuable asset to our company as we continue to grow and expand.”

London- and Hampshire-based Woodcut Media was re-branded and re-launched in August, following the acquisition of TV Talent South by Stitchcombe Productions.

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