Red Planet Pictures is restructuring their senior management team as the independent production company set up by Tony Jordan continue to expand. As part of said restructuring, Tony Jordan is stepping aside as MD and will assume the position of CEO; while Belinda Campbell and Alex Jones will succeed him as joint Managing Directors.
In his new position as Chief Executive Officer, Tony Jordan will continue to oversee the company’s expansion with a focus on working with writers and creating more new content for Red Planet Pictures. His more recent efforts have included such dramas as a Motown series for BBC One and the Sky1 series Hooten & The Lady, which recently wrapped production.
“Alex and Belinda have been integral to Red Planet Pictures’ success and growth over the past few years and I am delighted that they will now take on the roles of Managing Director”, said Jordan. “I have no doubt that they are the perfect pairing to take the company into its next exciting phase of development, freeing up my time to concentrate more on the creative side, working with new writers, forming new partnerships here and overseas and hopefully, the bit I love best – the writing!”
Belinda Campbell has been with Red Planet Pictures since 2011 and most recently was serving as the indie’s Head of Drama, overseeing a number of their high-profile productions including the ambitious half-hour series Dickensian and Death In Paradise. “I am looking forward to building on our international reputation to produce even more quality content that resonates with audiences in the UK and around the world”, she said.
Prior to this promotion, Alex Jones served as Red Planet Pictures Head of Business and Production. He joined the indie in 2007 and has since spearheaded their innovative approach to production – from securing its first international co-production deal for The Nativity to ensuring Red Planet was the first indie to benefit from the UK’s tax breaks in 2013.
“I have been at Red Planet right from the start and am proud to have been part of the company’s substantial growth during that time”, said Alex Jones. “I am looking forward to working with Belinda to meet our ambitions to produce a range of content from big budget, international drama co-productions to event programming and of course working closely with Simon Raikes to increase our slate of non-scripted content.”
In addition to promoting Campbell and Jones, Red Planet Pictures has made a slew of other executive appointments as part of their commitment to increase production, diversify its slate and grow revenues. Alex Protherough has been named Head of Production; while Julie Gissing has been promoted to Finance Director following the expansion of the finance department. Gissing previously served as Head of Finance.
Elsewhere, Red Planet Pictures has hired Newton Velji as Head of Development for their Factual Division, which was launched last year under Creative Director Simon Raikes. She joins from Crackit Productions where she developed numerous factual series including The Almost Impossible Gameshow for ITV, World’s Toughest Jobs for the BBC) and Sweet 16 UK for MTV. Her previous credits also include The Apprentice, Alan Carr Chatty Man and Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe.