Tigress revamps management team as MD retires

Sarah Swingler (pictured) will take the reins at the Endemol Shine Group-owned factual producer when managing director Dick Colthurst retires in the fall.
May 5, 2016

Sarah Swingler (pictured) will take the reins at Endemol Shine Group-owned Tigress Productions later this year.

After 35 years in television, the UK factual producer’s MD Dick Colthurst is retiring “to live in the Alps,” the company said in a statement.

Swingler, who has spent the past six years as executive producer of sister prodco Dragonfly, will step into the MD role when Colthurst ends his 12-year stint with Tigress this fall.

She joined Dragonfly’s London office in 2010 before moving to the Cardiff location where she headed up regional operations. She has overseen programs such as Channel 4′s One Born Every Minute and The Hotel and will continue to consult for Dragonfly while at Tigress.

“I doubt many people have had as much fun going in to work every day as I’ve had over the last 35 years so I feel incredibly fortunate,” Colthurst said in a statement. “I’ll miss the fantastic team at Tigress and the hugely talented supporting cast in Bristol, but my wife and I are off to live in the Alps so it’s not so bad really.”

Additionally, RDF West executive producer Catherine Welton is joining Tigress as creative director. She will replace Pete Lawrence, who joined the company three years ago to expand the features and factual entertainment slate. He recently left to pursue his own TV and writing projects.

Tigress produces adventure, wildlife, specialist factual, features and fact ent programming. Credits include Marooned with Ed Stafford for Discovery, My Life On A Plate for BBC, Hippo: Nature’s Wild Feast for Channel 4 and Medical Mysteries for Channel 5.

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