Pioneer Productions MD Kirstie McLure to depart

After 23 years, Kirstie McLure is leaving the Tinopolis Group-owned specialist factual producer to explore other projects.
September 21, 2016

Pioneer Productions managing director Kirstie McLure is leaving the Tinopolis Group-owned company after 23 years.

McLure, who became managing director in 2011, is exiting to explore other projects.

She has overseen series such as How the Universe Worksfor Discovery, World’s Weirdest Weather for Channel 4.

The company has also produced blue-chip science shows such as In The Womb for National Geographic Channel and Channel 4 and Journey to the Edge of the Universe for National Geographic Channel, Discovery Canada and France 5.

“In my time at Pioneer, I’ve seen the company transform into a leading factual powerhouse and I’ve been proud to be part of that journey. It’s been an environment where I’ve been able to innovate and create never made before TV,” she said in a statement. “Enabling Pioneer to become a truly international scientific and factual production company and bring complex concepts to life, in a way that appeals to everyone all over the world, has been very rewarding.

“Whilst I’m hugely excited about my next step, it will be very hard indeed to say goodbye when the time comes,” she added.

Her departure is effective immediately and comes a year after Tinopolis recruited Wall to Wall exec Jonathan Hewes as CEO for Pioneer and Mentorn Media, and three months after former Arrow Media executive producer Thomas Viner joined as creative director.

The company is not replacing McLure “as Jonathan Hewes serves as CEO,” a spokesperson said.

“After 23 years at Pioneer, we are proud of everything that Kirstie has achieved,” said Tinopolis Group CEO Arwel Rees. “She has been such an asset to the company. We will be sad to see her go, but would like to thank her for her contribution to the Group and wish her all the best for the future.”

Founded in 1988, the specialist factual producer was acquired by the Tinopolis Group in 2009.

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