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BBC ups Catherine Catton to head popular factual, fact ent commissioning

BBC has elevated Catherine Catton to head commissioning for the British pubcaster’s popular factual and factual entertainment division. With immediate effect, Catton (pictured) will replace factual executive David Brindley, who joined Twofour ...
February 24, 2020

BBC has elevated Catherine Catton to head commissioning for the British pubcaster’s popular factual and factual entertainment division.

With immediate effect, Catton (pictured) will replace factual executive David Brindley, who joined Twofour Group, an ITV Studios company, as chief creative officer in November. She will continue to report into Alison Kirkham, controller of factual commissioning.

In her four-year tenure as a commissioning editor at the BBC, Catton has overseen an array of such successful titles as BBC2′s The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, Remarkable Places to Eat and The Big Hospital Experiment; and BBC1′s Best Home Cook.

Her forthcoming commissions include You Are What You Wear for BBC1 and Last Woman on Earth for BBC2.

Catton joined the BBC’s popular factual and fact-ent commissioning team in 2015 from UKTV where she was senior commissioning editor. In this role, she commissioned a range of celebrated series, including David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities and Storage Hunters, and was also behind the launch of two separate channels at the station before becoming channel head for UKTV Style and UKTV Gardens.

“Catherine is respected for her supportive manner and creative insights by colleagues and suppliers alike,” said Kirkham in a statement. “I have no doubt that she will do a phenomenal job and lead an already vibrant and flourishing department to continued success.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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