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Rumpus Media expands, promotes development team

Rumpus Media, the London-based indie founded by Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush, has cemented the top line structure within its development team with the promotions of Fintan Maguire and Morgan Roberts. Maguire (pictured), ...
December 21, 2020

Rumpus Media, the London-based indie founded by Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush, has cemented the top line structure within its development team with the promotions of Fintan Maguire and Morgan Roberts.

Maguire (pictured), who joined Rumpus in 2017 as head of popular factual, is to become director of factual.

During his three-year tenure at Rumpus, Maguire has developed and executive produced a range of factual series for Channel 5 including The World By Train with Sir Tony RobinsonWalking Britain’s Lost RailwaysWeekend Breaks with Gregg Wallace and Murdered In Paradise.

Previous to Rumpus, he was an executive producer at Spun Gold TV and Crackit Productions, and prior to that was head of TV3 Productions in Ireland.

Roberts, meanwhile, has been upped to head of factual entertainment.

Reporting to joint managing directors Hudd and Wimbush, Roberts will be responsible for overseeing key factual entertainment titles and talent-led projects. Over the last two years, he has overseen a number of factual successes, including BBC2′s The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan and a variety of unannounced commissions.

Prior to boarding Rumpus, Roberts spent six years as a freelance executive producer with stints at Firecracker Films, Shine, KEO Films, and Flicker Productions across a wide range of broadcasters. His previous credits include Celebrity IslandTrump’s War on the BorderReggie Yates: The Insider, and Gypsy Weddings.

Elsewhere the Rumpus team has also added B Inclusive co-founder Jacqueline Baker as a development assistant producer, joining the British factual indie in January 2021. Reporting to both Hudd and Wimbush, she will be tasked with working with emerging talent across the slate.

Co-founder of the B Inclusive Task Force, Baker has previously held stints working in various capacities across the BBC, including in entertainment and music commissioning; factual entertainment commissioning; and in development at BBC Studios. In addition, Baker has worked at Syco Music and began her media career at Channel 4 in their formats and features team as commissioning support.

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