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Expectation expands factual team

London-based multi-genre indie Expectation has appointed Minnow Films’ Ruth Kelly and Channel 4 exec Dominique Foster as senior executive producers. Kelly (pictured) is veteran in the factual space and joins Expectation from ...
July 24, 2018

London-based multi-genre indie Expectation has appointed Minnow Films’ Ruth Kelly and Channel 4 exec Dominique Foster as senior executive producers.

Kelly (pictured) is veteran in the factual space and joins Expectation from London indie Minnow Films. At Minnow, Kelly served as an executive producer on programs across a variety of genres, including two seasons of BBC2′s award-winning true crime series The Detectives, BBC3′s Valley Cops, and Channel 4′s SAS: Who Dares Wins. She also executive produced the BAFTA-winning The Last Chance School for Channel 4.

In addition, Kelly also has experience producing and directing documentaries for broadcast. Her producing and directing titles include Fighting on the Frontline and The Hospital for Channel 4, and Scenes from a Teenage Killing and Prison Dads for the BBC.

Foster, meanwhile, has extensive experience in factual television. Prior to joining Expectation, she spent a year in the documentaries department at Channel 4 as a commissioning executive, where she oversaw returning series including First Dates and The Supervet.

Prior to this, she served as a series producer and director, with credits that include One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours in A&E for Channel 4, and the Grierson-nominated Births, Deaths and Marriages for ITV1. She then moved into constructed factual with the first series of SAS: Who Dares Wins and the spin-off Spies, both for Channel 4.

The new hires join the Expectation factual team, led by creative directors Colin Barr and Amy Flanagan, as the company ratchets up its factual commissions slate with the likes of BBC2′s three-part series Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls and the eight-part factual series Murder. The multi-genre indie also has a range of other series either commissioned or in development.

Expectation was launched in 2017 by Peter Fincham, former ITV director of television, and ex-Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks. At launch, the West London-based prodco received a 24.9% minority stake from BBC Worldwide to open six departments across both non-scripted and scripted programming. In April of last year, Expectation appointed long-time ITV exec Alexia Edwards as the company’s chief operating officer with a focus on creating opportunities and fully maximizing Expectation’s business interests.

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