Crackit Productions has hired Helen Cooke, previously head of popular factual at Studio Ramsay, as head of non-scripted
Cooke will join the London-headquartered prodco in January, where she will report to creative director Elaine Hackett and develop original format content in the UK and internationally.
The executive previously spent two years at Studio Ramsay, where she created and executive produced Channel 4′s Born Famous, co-created Channel 4′s Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft and helped to develop Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip, The Savoy and Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted for Nat Geo, which she also co-executive produced.
Prior to that, Cooke was features commissioning executive at Channel 4, where she was responsible for ordering shows such as Rescue Dog to Superdog and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches.
She has also previously worked as a series producer on programs such as The X Factor, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and Come Dine with Me, and served as entertainment commissioning editor for UKTV.
“We’ve always liked to push the boundaries at Crackit, launching content that is startling, humorous or technically innovating and Helen will help us to continue to think big and make the impossible, possible. She is extremely talented and has developed and produced super-sized, entertaining formats with scale and ambition. She also has an eye to spot the next niche waiting to explode,” Hackett said in a statement.
Cooke added: “I’ve always admired Elaine and what she has created with Crackit – anyone who knows her knows that she is a powerhouse of creative energy and the team she has built reflects this in their program commissions. To be joining them at a time when it’s going from strength to strength is really exciting and I’m looking forward to building on its current successes and helping the company grow both in the UK and globally.”