Global indie production and distribution company All3Media has aligned UK- and U.S.-based factual prodco Lion Television under another All3Media-owned prodco, Lime Pictures.
Despite the restructure, Lion will continue operating as a distinctive production unit.
Lion TV’s London team will now move to be co-sited with Lime Pictures out of the latter company’s offices in Torrington Place. Lion TV’s Glasgow and New York operations remain unchanged.
Shahana Meer, however, has decided to step down from her post as one of the managing directors of Lion TV as a result of the reshuffle, choosing instead to explore other opportunities.
“I am so proud of what I have achieved at Lion Television. I leave on a high knowing that I have helped create and run one of the most admired and successful production companies in the UK and internationally,” Meer said in a statement.
Meer has been with Lion since its founding in 1997 and has overseen the growth of the company from a start-up to its expansion throughout the UK and America. Production credits include the BBC1′s social experiment Castaway, CBBC’s Horrible Histories and the BBC’s multi-platform Britain From Above.
Prior to Lion, Meer served as manager of the children’s department at Thames TV, and was head of production at Wall to Wall.
Fellow MDs and co-founders Richard Bradley (pictured, left) and Nick Catliff (right) have been named as Lion’s chief creative officer and chief content officer, respectively. The pair will manage the studio’s development and creative teams, as well as its slate of shows and formats that currently includes Homes Under The Hammer, Horrible Histories and Cash Cab.
“The changes we are making will allow Richard and Nick to concentrate on developing the slate even further while benefiting from the operational support and resources provided by the team at Lime, along with Kate and Claire’s first-class track record of growing strong, creative and successful businesses,” said All3Media CEO Jane Turton. “It’s very sad that Shahana is leaving and I’d like to thank her for playing such a key role in Lion and in the wider group over many years. It has been a pleasure working with Shahana and I wish her every success in the future.”
“This new structure will mean the Lion team can not only continue to produce the type of program that the company has built its reputation upon but also invest in new ideas to deliver creative growth,” said Catliff and Bradley in a joint statement.