Lion TV factual head takes BBC role

Donna Clark (pictured) - director of factual at All3Media-owned Lion TV - will be leaving the British prodco to join the BBC as acting head of formats and features.
June 23, 2015

Donna Clark (pictured) – director of factual at All3Media-owned Lion TV – will be leaving the British prodco to join the BBC as acting head of formats and features.

The hire will see Clark joining the UK pubcaster’s factual commissioning division and covering for Alison Kirkham for a one-year period effective July 13.

During this time, the former will take on the role of acting controller of factual commissioning for the pubcaster, replacing Emma Swain, who is taking a year-long break from the position to lead the BBC’s “future commissioning” team, established to determine its direction going forward for content and multi-platform delivery. Kirkham is expected to take up Swain’s position on June 29.

Clark’s departure from Lion TV comes almost four months after she was promoted from head of factual entertainment to director of factual at the company.

Her executive producer credits for Lion TV include 15 Kids and Counting (Channel 4), Young Soldiers (BBC3), Transplant (BBC1) and Kew on a Plate (BBC2). She previously worked across a number of channels delivering such titles as Drinking with the Girls (BBC3), Night Cops (Sky1), The WI Ladies Guide to Brothels (Channel 4), Don’t Tell The Bride (BBC3), and My Childhood (BBC3), for which she won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Factual Series.

“We are very sad to lose Donna who has been a brilliant colleague and great friend ever since she arrived at Lion. But this is a great move for her and a very smart hire by the BBC, so we wish her well in her new role where I am sure she will be a great success,” said Nick Catliff, MD of Lion TV, in an internal email shared with realscreen.

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