Ian Lamarra is returning to Alaska TV, the UK unscripted indie prodco he co-founded in 2010, as creative director, bringing with him a slate of commissions as the company unveils a new Brighton office.
Lamarra (pictured) left Alaska in 2015 after overseeing projects like Very British Problems for Channel 4, Blinging Up Baby for Channel 5 and Fishin’ Impossible for ITV. Since last year, he has served as a consultant with Alaska.
Before his return, Lamarra served as creative director of Avalon Television Factual and sat on the advisory committee for the Edinburgh International Television Festival this year. Prior to co-founding Alaska, he founded Bookhouse (a Zodiak media company) and headed up development for Tiger Aspect and IWC, where he brought Iron Chef to the UK for Channel 4.
Since returning as CD, he has won a series order from Channel 5′s digital television channel 5Star for Young, Dumb and Banged Up in the Sun, which premiered last month. Other new business includes the feature doc Donovan and The Beatles In India for Sky Arts, which follows musician Donovan as he returns to India, where he traveled with the Beatles, Mia Farrow, Mike Love and others in 1968. The latter project was commissioned by C5′s Phil Edgar-Jones and Barbara Lee.
Alaska also announced its new Brighton office, already producing a new, unnamed series for Channel 5. Alaska Brighton will support the indie’s strategy to produce more programming outside London.
“Paul [Sommers, co-founder and co-managing director of Alaska] and I are delighted to welcome founding member Ian Lamarra back to Alaska, he comes back with a raft of new commissions. Since he rejoined we feel in a better place than ever,” said co-founder and co-managing director Chris Fouracre, in a statement. “Opening an Alaska regional office was always part of our plan and Brighton became our favorite choice. It already has a great infrastructure, talent base and beach and we’re already in production.”