London-based prodco Raw Cut has hired Gerard Melling as its new creative director.
Previously, Melling worked as BBC Daytime commissioner, having brought titles including The Sheriffs Are Coming, Thief Trackers and Fake Britain to the BBC schedule. He will begin at Raw Cut in early November.
“Gerry is a brilliant fit with [Raw Cut's] core business of crime documentaries and returning factual series,” said Steve Warr, MD of Raw Cut, in a statement. “I’m in awe of what he has achieved at the BBC. He has a fantastic eye for popular programming and is leaving a string of really strong hits behind him. We’re confident his experience and energy will play a central part in shaping the company’s growth.”
Raw Cut was formed in 2002 by Warr and Steve Rudgard. The company was originally set up to produce the series Road Wars, which is still on the air. Other credits for the prodco include ITV’s The Detectives: Inside the Major Crime Team, the Royal Television Society award-winning The Murder of Sadie Hartley, as well as Channel 5′s Police Interceptors and Really’s Cops UK: Bodycam Squad.
“I am delighted to have been asked to join Raw Cut at such a key time in the company’s development,” said Melling, in a statement. “Under Steve Warr’s leadership, Raw Cut is a company that steadfastly continues to put quality journalism and integrity at the heart of everything it does. I am proud to be part of its future.”