Fremantle-owned production arm Talkback has formerly elevated former director of programming Jonno Richards to the post of managing director.
Richards (pictured), who joined Talkback in 2015, has been acting in the role since Ed Sleeman’s departure in May.
As director of programming, Richards had been responsible for executive producing myriad non-fiction series, including Shopping with Keith Lemon, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow and Celebrity Juice.
Prior to Talkback, he was creative director at Lola Entertainment, where he oversaw the BBC4′s Detectorists. As a freelance producer he worked across a broad range of primetime shows including Objective’s John Bishop’s Britain and ITV’s Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
“[Jonno's] been a real force within the business over the past four years and I couldn’t think of anyone better placed to take Talkback to the next level of creative development,” said Fremantle UK CEO Liam Humphreys in a statement.
Elsewhere the UK comedy label has further bolstered its senior executive team with the appointment of Ceri Jones to the newly created position of head of factual entertainment.
An award-winning executive producer, Jones has previously produced such series as ITV’s The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night and Gone to Pot American Road Trip. Most recently, she has been working with Talkback as exec producer responsible for delivering Harry’s Heroes: The Full English for ITV.
Jones noted that she “can’t wait to build on the success we’ve had with Harry’s Heroes – using Talkback’s unique comedy expertise to make entertaining and funny fact-ent shows.”