London-headquartered factual specialist ITN Productions is widening its regional production base in the UK and growing its leadership team, including upping head of development Georgina Mantle to a new, expanded role as creative director.
The moves come as ITN seeks to further ramp up its production slate in the wake of a record year for the company, which will have had more than 1,000 hours of programming commissioned and/or transmitted by the end of 2022.
First up is the expansion of ITN’s production hub in Leeds, with the addition of several new roles — most notably a head of Regions position — to grow the company’s factual production slate outside of its London base. The head of Regions role will begin in the fall, with further roles to be added and filled later in the year.
In London, Mantle (pictured) will expand her purview in her new role as creative director to take on wider strategic responsibilities while she continues to drive development for ITN’s television productions. Her team will also be augmented with a new development executive role.
“I’m excited to be developing this role further and immersing myself in the strategic vision for the company, which goes from strength to strength,” Mantle said in a release.
“We’ve had an extremely busy and successful start to the year. That’s because of the hard work and incredible character and commitment shown by our talented team,” added Ian Rumsey, ITN’s managing director of television. “But like all good teams, we can’t stand still, so I’m delighted that we’re growing — in London and in Leeds.”
ITN commissions for 2022 thus far include Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin for PBS, and true-crime title The Disappearance of Patricia Hall for Prime Video UK.