Barcroft makes senior exec appointments

London-based Barcroft Productions has appointed Paul Woolf (pictured, left) as head of development and Alison Seymour (right) as head of production.
August 26, 2016

London-based Barcroft Productions has appointed Paul Woolf (pictured, left) as head of development and Alison Seymour (right) as head of production.

Woolf joins the company from Maverick Television where he spent 15 years in various roles, including director of development and head of development. His credits include BBC3′s Growing Up Down’s and Bizarre ER, and the original season of Channel 4′s Embarrassing Illnesses, from which the Embarrassing Bodies format was developed.

Seymour previously spent four years as a production executive for Zinc Media (formerly Ten Alps), overseeing budgeting and operations for subsidiary company Blakeway Productions. Prior to that, she worked in unit and production manager roles for at BBC London Factual Arts and BBC London Factual.

Her credits include programs for Channel 4′s ‘Dispatches,’ primetime factual series for BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 and coproductions with PBS, Smithsonian Channel and HBO.

Both are newly created roles.

The hires are the latest in a string of appointments following Channel 4′s investment in Barcroft Productions’ parent company in June. The move marked the first time the UK pubcaster’s Growth Fund had invested in a multi-platform content company specializing in digital production and distribution.

Earlier this month, Dom Smith joined Barcroft Media as head of editorial and Victoria Catton became head of partnerships.

Barcroft Productions is the TV production arm of Barcroft Holdings. Founded in 2003 by photojournalist Sam Barcroft (pictured), the company is headquartered in London and has offices in Delhi and New York. It also operates digital factual producer Barcroft Media and YouTube channel Barcroft TV. Its TV credits include Discovery’s Bear Grylls: Man vs. Everest, TLC’s Body Bizarre, MTV’s The Outsiders and Channel 4′s Inside the KKK.

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