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David Mortimer exits Tinopolis for STV Productions

Tinopolis executive David Mortimer has exited the UK indie production group to join content creator STV Productions as managing director. In his new role, Mortimer will be tasked with shepherding STV’s production teams ...
September 7, 2018

Tinopolis executive David Mortimer has exited the UK indie production group to join content creator STV Productions as managing director.

In his new role, Mortimer will be tasked with shepherding STV’s production teams in Glasgow and London with responsibility of turning STV into a leading UK production company. Mortimer will rejig the brand to focus on developing returning series across both scripted and unscripted for terrestrial and SVOD players. He replaces former STV Productions MD Alan Clements who departed STV in May.

Mortimer will also be responsible for establishing new creative production partnerships and work with the team to pilot a range of new program formats on STV. He joins STV on Nov. 5.

According to a release from STV, Mortimer’s appointment is part of the Glasgow-headquartered company’s “comprehensive three-year strategy for creative and digital growth which will see the business invest £15 million ($US19.5m) in new original content and digital to position STV as a major creative force in Scotland and beyond.”

During his near-two-year tenure at Tinopolis, Mortimer was director of content where he led the group’s overall scripted and unscripted strategy across prodcos in the UK and U.S. There, Mortimer oversaw the creative renewal of Firecracker Films and Mentorn. In the U.S. he helped secure commissions including Nailed It from Magical Elves for Netflix and The Titan Games from A. Smith & Co. for NBC.

Mortimer has also worked across such unscripted series as Dragons’ Den and Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, both for BBC; and 71 Degrees North for ITV.

Prior to joining Tinopolis, Mortimer served as SVP of factual & entertainment at NBCUniversal where his commissions included Made in Chelsea for Channel 4; The Real Housewives franchise for Bravo; and Driving School Of Mum & Dad for Sky 1.

For seven years Mortimer ran his own indie, Fever Media, which focused on entertainment and factual formats. The company’s credits included BBC1′s The People’s Quiz, ITV’s No Place Like Home and 71 Degrees North, and MTV’s America’s Next Top Pop Group.

He also held a range of high-profile roles in a 15-year career at the BBC in both production and commissioning roles. As editorial executive at BBC2, he helped with the renewal of the channel with commissions including I Love The ’70s, The Weakest Link and Great Britons.

STV Productions creates a range of productions across genres for multiple broadcasters. Factual series and specials include Britain’s Polar Bear Cub for Channel 4; two seasons of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky 1; Fire in the Night, an award-winning feature documentary marking the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster; and Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada.

The company recently inked a partnership with Sky Vision, covering international distribution rights to STV Productions’ unscripted catalog. STV Productions also has a development partnership with Motion Content Group to create entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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