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Ailsa Orr joins 360 Production as creative head

Rare Television has hired Ailsa Orr (pictured) to serve as head of creative and international strategy for factual subsidiary 360 Production as founder John Farren moves into a consulting role.
April 8, 2015

Rare Television has hired former Pioneer Productions exec Ailsa Orr (pictured) as head of creative and international strategy for factual subsidiary 360 Production.

Orr, who previously served as head of programs for BBC Northern Ireland, will work across the company’s Belfast and London offices. She replaces 360 founder John Farren as creative head.

Farren will continue in a consulting role at 360 while moving into an advisory role for the Rare Group’s content strategy.

Rare Television acquired a majority stake in 360 Production last June, marking the first deal in the newly-launched firm’s two-year expansion strategy. It has since inked a development deal with talent shop Baby Grand Productions and last month it acquired Screen Channel Television.

“[Ailsa's appointment] marks a turning point where 360 further extends its reach into popular factual programming and targets new international markets,” Rare Television CEO Antony Fraser said in a statement. “At the same time we believe John will make a significant impact across the group by bringing his 360 approach to bear on our broader content strategy.”

Rare Television was founded by Fraser and ex-Red Arrow chief Joel Denton.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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