Ed Taylor has been appointed creative director of Viacom-owned Elephant House Studios, Channel 5′s production arm, which produces MTV and Comedy Central content.
In the newly created role, Taylor will have overall responsibility for all content developed and produced by Elephant House, including the renewal of existing, successful series like Cruising with Jane McDonald, Make or Break?, Concorde and Caught On Camera.
Taylor will work with Elephant House VP Joe McLusky. McLusky’s tenure, which started in 2016, has seen the company more than double production turnover and win Channel 5 its first BAFTA.
The two will in turn report to Paul Dunthorne, COO of Viacom International Media Networks UK, Northern and Eastern Europe.
“Ed has an impressive track record in the creative industry and brings with him significant and invaluable experience,” said Dunthorne in a statement. “As we continue to build on the success of Elephant House Studios, I can’t think of a better team than Ed and Joe to take us in the right direction.”
Taylor comes to Elephant House after a string of feature, format and documentary commissions, including The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best and Secret Britain for BBC; An Hour to Catch A Killer with Sir Trevor McDonald for ITV; and Autopsy: The Last Hours of… and Paddington Station 24/7 for Channel 5.
He previously served as creative director of ITV Studios’ label Potato, where he oversaw factual and fact-ent, including formats, drama documentaries, specialist factual and one-offs.
Taylor starts the new position with Elephant House this month.