RDF Television managing director Jim Allen is stepping down from the Banijay-owned business after 12 years.
“I’m really proud of what the team has achieved and built. But I’d now like a working life slightly freer from the vice-like grip of those seemingly innocent sounding acronyms EBITDA and BARB,” Allen (pictured) said in a statement.
“I’m looking forward to mixing TV work and outside interests in what I’m reliably informed is a portfolio career. I’d like to thank fulsomely all of my colleagues and friends for their skill, support, forbearance, and undying commitment to the cause.”
He will exit the company at the end of the year.
Allen joined RDF in 2009 after serving as director of ITV Studios, factual and entertainment, for six years. There, he oversaw a slate of programming including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Love Island, Dancing on Ice, Hell’s Kitchen, Come Dine With Me, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and The Chase.
Under his leadership, RDF has produced shows including The Secret Life of 4-, 5- and 6-Year-Olds (Channel 4), Tipping Point (ITV), Eat Well For Less? (BBC1), Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents (BBC3), 12 Puppies and Us (BBC2), How to Spend It Well (ITV), Dickinson’s Real Deal (ITV) and, most recently, Lightning (BBC2) and Craig and Bruno’s Great British Road Trips (ITV).
He has also overseen key factual productions, such as the multi award-winning BBC1 documentary, Anton Ferdinand-Football, Racism and Me, from labels Wonder and Little Wonder.
Marco Bassetti, Banijay CEO, said in a statement: “For over a decade, Jim has been a central part of the Banijay business. Alongside bringing many a laugh to a boardroom and being renowned globally for his ‘that’s not a format’ remarks, he was the brains behind a number of our break-out hits and travelling titles, which remain firmly in our catalogue today. A true entertainer, an industry icon and a smart developer and producer – he will be missed by us all. We wish him all the best in his EBITDA-free adventures ahead.”