Former Warner Bros. Television Production UK exec Claire Hungate has landed a new gig. She has been named CEO of London-based digital media and social video firm Brave Bison.
At Brave Bison, where she will land in September, Hungate replaces chief operating and finance officer Kevin Deeley, who had taken on the interim responsibilities of CEO since January 2017.
“Claire has an excellent track record in working in the UK creative industry, alongside her digital strategy experience of forming and developing relationships with companies such as Facebook and Google. This gives the Board confidence that she can deliver strong and profitable growth,” said Robin Miller, chair of Brave Bison, in a statement.
Hungate stepped down from her role as managing director at Warner Bros in February, along with co-managing director Nick Emmerson. Formerly known as Shed Media, WBTVPUK includes indies Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Ricochet, Yalli and Renegade, with a majority stake bought by Warner Bros. Television Group in 2010. Hungate and Emmerson stepped up to oversee the business when Warner Bros. TV took full ownership in 2014.
Hungate joined Wall to Wall as commercial and legal director in 2004, setting up and running the company’s in-house distribution and IP exploitation arm, and rolling out the Who Do You Think You Are? brand globally.
She later took on the role of commercial director of Shed and was part of the team that lead on the company’s de-listing from the London stock exchange and, subsequently, managed the 2010 buyout by Warner Bros.
She became MD in 2008, following her part in Wall to Wall’s sale to Shed Media. She then took on the role of commercial director of Shed Media Group. In 2011, Hungate became COO of Warner Bros.-owned Shed Media in 2011 and, along with Emmerson, was promoted to MD following the re-branding of the group in 2014.