Seven Studios, the content creation division of Australia’s Seven West Media, has tapped former BBC Studios executive Damon Pattison to lead its new Britain-based production venture, Seven Studios UK.
Pattison will join the studio on March 18 in the role of creative director. He will be tasked with creating entertainment and factual entertainment content for the UK, as well as looking after the IP from Seven’s own catalog.
Seven Studios UK will sit alongside Seven West Media’s stable of production companies, which currently includes Auckland’s Great Southern Film & Television, London’s Slim Film & Television, Seven Studios Australia and 7Beyond in Los Angeles.
Pattison is currently head of entertainment north at BBC Studios where he has executive produced acclaimed series including Top of The Box for Channel 5 and co-created BBC Daytime series The Boss and Home Is Where the Art Is. Prior to his current role, Pattison served as creative director of development across BBC Studios.
Throughout his career, Pattison has co-created and produced a number of format series, including You Are What You Eat, Secret Location and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Pattison also ran his own studio, Lucky Day Productions, as part of the Zodiak Media Group.
“We are very pleased to be opening the doors of Seven Studios in the UK with Damon, whose record as an outstanding creative executive and leader speaks for itself,” said Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner in a statement. “At Seven Studios UK, he will have the benefit of an IP flow from our entire group’s creative output which is already finding a growing global audience.”