London-based indie Crackit Productions has hired Jon Connerty as head of popular and factual formats.
Connerty (pictured) will join Crackit in September, following two-and-half years at Liberty Bell Productions. His credits at the Avalon-owned factual indie include Sugar Free Farm for ITV; Russell Howard & Mum Road Trip Series for Comedy Central; Nev’s Indian Call Centre for UKTV and the Baby Boomers Guide to Growing Old for More4.
Connerty was also the executive producer of The Call Centre on BBC3, as well as the development executive behind Employable Me for BBC2. The latter took home the award for Best Factual Program at the Edinburgh Television Festival last week.
“Commissioners love [Jon] because he’s creative and a rock-solid showrunner. He’s also extremely entertaining and fun to have around,” said Crackit managing director Elaine Hackett in a statement. “I’ve been hunting for a heavyweight to join Crackit for 18 months and am genuinely delighted that he’s joining us.”
Crackit Productions launched in 2008 with an aim of creating factual content for UK channels and U.S. broadcasters. Some of its successes include Bargain Shop Wars for ITV and Britain’s Horror Homes for Channel 5.