Glasgow-headquartered STV Productions has named BBC commissioning editor Craig Hunter as the company’s creative director of factual.
Hunter will work alongside Sarah Brown, creative director of drama, and Gary Chippington, creative director of entertainment, when he joins STV Productions this summer.
In his current role at the BBC, Hunter serves as the British pubcaster’s lead commissioning editor for natural history and specialist factual, as well as the factual lead for commissioning in Scotland.
The veteran executive has worked across a range of formats including blue chip series, live events and returning formats. His commissioning credits include the BBC’s Blue Planet Live, Drowning in Plastic and Inside the Factory.
In the production space, Hunter has worked as executive producer for BBC Science and London-based indie Keo Films, with credits across specialist factual, features, current affairs and documentaries.
Hunter’s appointment to creative director is part of STV’s three-year strategy for creative and digital growth, through which the company is investing £15 million (US19.6m) in content and digital “to position STV as a major creative force in Scotland and beyond.”
“Craig’s vast experience of productions in the Nations will be invaluable as STV Productions continues its mission to deliver fantastic shows produced out of Scotland for UK and international broadcasters,” said STV managing director David Mortimer in a statement. “I’m sure that Craig will help with our goal of establishing STV as a major industry player over the next few years.”
“I’ve had an extraordinary four years in Commissioning for the BBC, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve been lucky enough to work on a very broad slate of programs, with many talented people. I will miss the team immensely but now feels like the right time to focus my efforts back in Scotland with this exciting new challenge,” added Hunter. “Broadcasting has changed a lot since I’ve been a commissioner and I’m excited to turn my creative energy towards new opportunities in the production sector, with STV.”