Barcroft Studios has upped John Farrar to chief creative officer from his role as creative director of the non-fiction prodco. This follows the departure of current CCO Alex Morris, who leaves the company in April after 13 years.
In addition to his role overseeing Barcroft Studios, which produces content for the likes of Channel 4, Discovery and A+E Networks, Farrar (pictured) will continue to lead Future Studios — parent company Future plc’s video center, capitalizing on monetization opportunities in original video across its stable of media brands.
Farrar joined Barcroft Studios in 2019 from Nerd TV, the production business he co-founded with Jago Lee and Charlie Parsons in 2010 which was later bought by Red Arrow Studios in 2012. Since joining Barcroft Studios his executive producer credits have included Two Sisters One Body (Channel 4), Biggest Little Christmas Showdown (HGTV) and mental health docuseries Mind Yourself for Snapchat.
“It’s time to embark on the next chapter of the Barcroft story and I’m excited to take the reins at this time of significant growth and opportunity,” Farrar said in a statement. “Alex has been at the creative heart of Barcroft Studios for well over a decade. He’s helped the company grow from a three-man picture agency in Tottenham into a global multi-platform specialist that connects with over 500 million people a month. We all wish him well in his next endeavour.”
In other staff moves, Katie O’Reilly, previously Barcroft Studios’ finance director, has been appointed operations director and will report into Claire MacLellan, the Future plc COO.
Barcroft Studios was founded in 2003, and acquired by Future plc in 2019.