UK media company Twofour Group has bolstered its development team with the promotion of two key executives as it prepares for its next stage of growth.
The ITV Studios-owned media group has upped Jonny Coller (pictured, right) to group director of development, while Edward Phillips (left) has been named head of development. Both will take on the roles with immediate effect.
The continued restructuring follows the departure of head of new formats, Ana De Moraes, who departed Twofour in January and later resurfaced at ITV-owned sister prodco Shiver as group creative director. At the time of Moraes’ departure, Coller was upped to director of development from head of development, while Phillips became head of factual and fact-ent development.
Now, in his newly appointed post, Coller will continue to oversee the development strategy across Twofour, while broadening his remit across the group’s labels. Additionally, he will be tasked with growing the development of original international production and re-versioning for the group’s in-house distribution arm, Twofour Rights.
As head of development, Phillips will be responsible for all unscripted development, leading the London-based team. Since joining Twofour eight years ago, Phillips has played a crucial role in securing a raft of commissions, including ITV’s 12-part business series Give it a Year, BBC1′s The Real Marigold on Tour and Channel 4′s Confessions of a Junior Doctor.
“Jonny and Ed run the best development team I’ve ever seen. They’ve been integral to the success of our company and are well deserving of their new positions,” said Andrew Mackenzie, chief creative officer at Twofour Group, in a statement.