Frank Spotnitz’s indie Big Light Produtions has poached Eleven’s Head of Production & Commercial Affairs Jamie Hall to serve in the newly created role of Chief Operations Officer, TVWise has learned.
Jamie Hall will have a wide range of responsibilities, including managing operations and overseeing the company’s strategic partnerships and financing for entertainment projects. He took up post last month and is based out of the company’s London office.
“I’m excited to be joining Frank at Big Light during this unprecedented time in TV drama”. Jamie Hall said in a statement. “Big Light is in a great position to meet the demand for smart, entertaining, international drama series and I am looking forward to working with Frank and the team at Big Light to build on the great work they’ve done so far.”
Big Light Productions, which was founded by Spotnitz in 2013, has been ramping up their activities in the drama space over the past few years. The company developed a Hunted spin-off for Cinemax in 2013 and has gone on to produce a wealth of dramas including the second season of Transporter: The Series, the third season of Crossing Lines, and Amazon Prime’s The Man In High Castle. The indie is also in various stages of production on a number of new projects such as Medici: Masters Of Florence, CBS drama Ransom and CTV’s The Indian Detective.
Jamie Hall comes to Big Light from indie Eleven, where, as Head of Production, he oversaw such projects as Sky Living’s The Enfield Haunting; which was recently re-commissioned for a number of specials; E4 drama Glue, from award winning scribe Jack Thorne; and the upcoming eight part dramedy series Foreign Bodies, which is set up as a co-production at Channel 4 in the UK and Turner’s flagship network TNT in the United States. Prior to his three-year stint at Eleven, Hall previously held roles at Lime Pictures and Granada TV (now ITV Studios).
“Jamie has a true entrepreneurial spirit, which is uniquely matched to Big Light and the ambitions for our growing company”, added Big Light Productions’ Chief Executive Officer Frank Spotnitz, to whom Jamie Hall will report. “His background in production, coupled with his wide business knowledge, is an invaluable asset as we tell stories from Europe and all over the world.”
The hire of Hall also comes as Big Light is expanding their horizons beyond their drama roots and are looking to venture into comedy series, non-fiction series, films and documentaries. He is the latest industry veteran to board the growing indie. Big Light previously hired Sprout Pictures’ Sharon Remmer to serve as Head of Drama back in 2014, and earlier this year hired Lorraine Sullivan to develop television, film and documentary projects for French and European broadcasters.