Sky’s Chris Wilson is joining independent production company 7 Wonder.
The exec has been appointed as Head of Popular Factual for the recently launched indie, which is a joint venture between Australia’s Seven Network, Alexandra Fraser, Liza Abbott and Simon Ellse, TVWise has learned.
At 7 Wonder, Chris Wilson will be responsible for developing and managing his own slate of factual based programming. He will be based out of the indie’s London office and will report to CEO Alexandra Fraser and Liza Abbott.
Chris Wilson has been working in factual for several years. He most recently served as one of Sky’s Factual Commissioning Editors, a role he had held since 2012 and which saw him work on numerous projects including The Sun Set and Flintoff: Lord of The Fries. Prior to joining Sky, he served as a producer/director/editor on numerous high profile documentaries such as The Crusades and I Shot John Lennon.
“I’ve had a brilliant time at Sky, working across an incredibly broad slate of programmes, with an immensely talented and open-minded team”, said Chris Wilson. “After two years in commissioning, I can’t wait to get back to the sharp end of production and work alongside Alex, Liza and the rest of the 7 Wonder team to build a new slate of innovative, popular and high-quality factual programmes.”
“Our mission is to collaborate with the best on-screen and off-screen talent to deliver beautifully executed content across all genres. Chris is, quite simply, one of the best”, added 7 Winders CEO Alexandra Fraser. “His appointment signals the next phase for 7 Wonder’s development, positioning us as a real contender not only in the highly competitive UK market, but also on the international stage.”
In addition to Chris Wilson, 7 Wonder has also hired former Endemol and TwoFour executive Mish Mayer to serve as their Head of Development, a role which will see her overseeing a robust slate of factual and factual entertainment formats. She will work closely with the Australian development team at Seven Productions to bring existing Seven formats to the UK market, and UK formats to Seven.