London-based indie Gobstopper Television is relocating to Manchester in the aftermath of Channel 4′s decision earlier this year to move its national headquarters to Leeds.
“This move has been in the works for the last six months, thankfully with C4 heading to Leeds our choice of a new regional home is accidentally close to the action,” said Ross McCarthy (pictured) in a statement. “I want to do the move properly and doing that for me was all about managing the company from the regions, not just shoving someone up there.”
The indie has a trio of yet unannounced commissions, all of which will be produced out of their new home base in Bonded Warehouse, the former home of Granada Television.
As part of the northern move, Gobstopper has made five senior reality and factual entertainment appointments in their southern offices to support the projects still being produced out of London and to drive their growth in both cities.
Joining Gobstopper is Kemi Ayoola as head of production. A seasoned unit manager, line producer and production executive, Ayoola most recently served as line producer on MTV’s Just Tattoo of Us.
Chris Broughall and Kieran McCarthy have also joined the London-headquartered production outfit as heads of development, both having worked with McCarthy previously at Twenty Twenty and Buccaneer.
Elsewhere, Gobstopper has also hired Sharyn Mills, an executive producer on MTV’s Ex on the Beach, as executive producer alongside Mandy Thomson, formerly executive producer in factual at October Films and producer of Channel 4′s The Hoarder Next Door for Twenty Twenty.