Tinopolis-owned UK indie Mentorn Media has tapped Sky executive Celia Taylor for the role of managing director.
Taylor takes over the position from Mentorn’s Jonathan Hewes, who will now focus solely on his role as CEO of Tinopolis specialist factual producer, Pioneer — the company behind How The Universe Works and Your Face Says It All.
Taylor will be responsible for driving and expanding the company’s program and development slate with a focus on factual, factual entertainment and entertainment content for both the UK and international market. She will report to David Mortimer, director of content for the Tinopolis Group.
The executive was most recently head of non-scripted commissioning at media giant Sky, where she ordered such titles as League of Their Own, Wild Things, Ross Kemp’s Extreme World, Mentorn’s An Idiot Abroad, as well as BAFTA-winning Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough.
Before joining Sky, Taylor was director of programs at Virgin Media, where she oversaw four of their digital channels. As a commissioning editor for factual at the BBC, she worked across BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3 on a range of output. Before moving into commissioning, she was a freelance producer for various indie prodcos and broadcasters.
The Tinopolis Group recently took full ownership of the company after buying back its shareholding from Vitruvian, a private equity firm who invested in the company back in 2008.