Former Tinopolis exec moves to BBC Studios
BBC Studios Productions has appointed former Tinopolis exec Naomi Carter to the newly created role of director of production for factual entertainment and events.
In Carter’s new role, she will lead the production and business teams in developing, winning and producing commissions. Additionally, she will help shape and execute the commercial strategy to grow the division’s business.
Carter (pictured) reports into Hannah Wyatt, managing director, factual entertainment and events.
Carter joins BBC Studios Productions from international TV production and distribution group Tinopolis where she served as chief operating officer, leading the Tinopolis Factual Group of companies. Carter previously served as director of production at Mentorn Media and Firecracker Films and head of production at Mentorn Media. Carter also held senior production roles at Endemol and Planet 24.
BBC Studios factual entertainment and events recently announced its first ITV commission, Inside The Duchy (working title; 2 x 60 minutes), produced by its Bristol-based unscripted productions team.
Ulla Streib boards Tin Roof Media
British financing group and producer Tin Roof Media has appointed former Talesmith and Lightbox executive Ulla Streib (pictured, below) as director of operations.
In her new role, Streib will work with Tin Roof-backed indies Blink Films and its co-founders Dan Chambers and Justine Kershaw, as well as Outline Productions and its co-founders Laura Mansfield and Helen Veale, to build on the firms’ current growth strategy by developing commissions from new platforms and broadcasters, while also exploiting the synergies provided through the two companies.
In addition, Streib will be responsible for increasing international copros and distribution activity for both formats and finished programming.
Currently, Blink and Outline have approximately 60 hours of content in production for broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, UKTV, PBS ‘NOVA,’ Channel 5, Travel Channel and Smithsonian.
Outline’s commissions include the four-part formatted series Remarkable Places to Eat with Fred Sirieix and Sarah Beeny’s Renovate Don’t Relocate for UKTV. Recent Blink output includes Channel 4′s three-part Shut Ins, season two of We’ll Meet Again for PBS, and BBC2′s Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens.
Streib joins Tin Roof from blue-chip natural history producer Talesmith where she was COO and director of production over a three-year period. Prior to this, she served as director of operations at Lightbox responsible for Netflix series and feature documentaries for major U.S. and UK broadcasters, and served as a key member of Darlow Smithson Productions’ senior management team where she oversaw the BAFTA-winning Touching the Void and the Emmy-nominated Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.
Parade Media taps Mark Caulton as chief creative officer
Factual-focused UK distributor Parade Media has tapped former Mediaworks programming head Mark Caulton (pictured, below) as chief creative officer.
Caulton previously served as director of programming at New Zealand-based Mediaworks, overseeing the commissioning, acquisition and programming teams for television channels Three and Four.
“Not only will Mark help the leadership team scale across its divisions, his experience grounded in network programming will provide our producers with valuable insights rarely found in distribution,” said Parade Media CEO Matthew Ashcroft in a statement.
Parade has produced more than 50 hours of original content since launching in August 2015.
Andy Mitchell joins Red Rock Films
Silver Spring, Maryland-headquartered Red Rock Films has added National Geographic alum Andy Knight Mitchell (pictured, below) to its ranks.
Mitchell joins Red Rock as a showrunner and will be responsible for overseeing National Geographic’s Planet of the Whales, which was greenlit by the network in February. He is a veteran field producer and was a lead writer on Nat Geo Wild’s successful Savage Kingdom strand.
“Andy has proven time and again that he is one of the best in the world at securing incredible images of the natural world and telling great stories,” Red Rock’s president Brian Armstrong said in a statement.
Founded in 2010 and with offices in Silver Spring and Johannesburg, Red Rock Films has served as a major provider of wildlife content for such networks as Discovery Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet and The Smithsonian Channel.