On the heels of their most successful year in 2012 and announcing that they would be spending over £100 million on content in 2013, UKTV has added two new commissioning editors and restructured their commissioning department.
UKTV has hired Iain Coyle and Hillary Rosen as new commissioning editors who will work across the network’s entertainment portfolio and report directly to Senior Commissioning Editor Richard Watsham. Coyle comes to UKTV from Endemol where he served as an executive producer, while Rosen comes from the BBC. Sarah Fraser will remain in her position as comedy specialist reporting to UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Jane Rogerson. In addition to the new hires, UKTV has restructured the commissioning department. Under that restructure, Senior Commissioning Editor Catherine Catton and her team will now also assume responsibility for Factual and Features; Tanya Qureshi has been promoted to Development Producer offering a first port of call for new Indies and talent; Sharifa Mansour has been promoted to Commissioning Assistant, handling all programme submissions; and Shane Normoyle has joined UKTV as Commissioning Runner.
“The last year has been a phenomenal year for UKTV’s commissioning slate and I would like to thank all of the producers and talent who have helped make it so”, said UKTV’s Director of Commissioning, Jane Rogerson. “We’ve got a great team here who are all committed to developing and commissioning innovative and bold ideas that can make our channels famous. Iain and Hilary bring a wealth of experience which complements the existing team, will help drive our entertainment portfolio and reflects our desire to grow and strengthen the commissioning department.”
These changes signify the strength of originals at UKTV as commissions topped the ratings on six of their ten channels. Some of the original commissions that have contributed to UKTV’s success include Red Dwarf X, Yes Prime Minister, Dynamo: Magician Impossible, Hairy Biker’s Mississippi Adventure, Choccywoccydoodah: Starstruck and The Incredible Mr Goodwin. In addition, the network’s Gold channel just recently commissioned Hat Trick Productions to produce its first original sitcom titled Us and Them. Other commissions for UKTV’s 10 channels in 2013 include The Roux Scholarship, Dynamo: Magician Impossible Season 3, Dara O’ Briain: School of Hard Sums and Jo Brand’s Great Wall of Comedy.