Lion TV ups three to genre directors

Donna Clark (pictured) has been named director of factual after six years with the UK-headquartered prodco, while Simon Welton has been named director of entertainment and Bill Locke, as director of specialist factual.
March 4, 2015

All3Media-owned production company Lion TV has upped three execs in a restructure that will give each of them increased responsibility for the management of their genres.

Donna Clark (pictured), with Lion for six years, has been promoted from head of factual entertainment to director of factual. During her tenure at the London-headquartered prodco, her credits have included such programming as Young Soldiers for BBC3, Transplant for BBC1, Sixteen Kids and Counting for Channel 4, and the upcoming Kew On A Plate with Raymond Blanc for BBC2.

Entertainment executive Simon Welton has been upped to director of entertainment. Having joined Lion in 2008, he has created and overseen such entertainment series as Sexy Beasts, which airs on BBC3 in the UK and has sold to the U.S., China, Germany, Korea and France; Officially Amazing for CBBC, and Scream if You Know the Answer for UKTV and Travel Channel in the U.S.

Bill Locke, meanwhile, has been upped from head of history and special projects to director of specialist factual. Working with the company for more than a decade, his credits Lion TV have included First Emperor for C4 and Discovery; several programs within the ‘Secret History’ strand including Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors for C4, PBS ‘Nova’ and ARTE; and Henry and Anne and Underground Britain for Channel Five.

In a joint statement, Lion TV managing directors Shahana Meer, Nick Catliff and Richard Bradley said: ” Each of our new directors has an excellent proven track record in producing smart, engaging, distinctive television and that combined with their creative energy makes this a really exciting time for Lion Television. This restructure is the latest move to further strengthen our senior teams, enabling us to consolidate our core strengths, build on our diverse programming slate and expand the business at our established bases in London, Glasgow and New York.”

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