UKTV has hired ITV Studios exec Ronan Hand to serve in the newly created role of Director of Programme Funding.
The role sits within the company’s commercial team and is designed to better enable the broadcaster to realise its ambitions in IP ownership and original commissions. Ronan Hand will report directly to UKTV’s Chief Commercial Officer Simon Michaelides.
Ronan will lead a multi-faceted team to take a more coordinated approach to funding original content; drawing together commercial partnerships, co-production and programme distribution. He will also explore new areas such as airtime funded programming with the intent of forging optimum funding partnerships for each programming idea. Expanding UKTV’s international sale footprint and boosting AFP will also be key priorities.
“UKTV has been a company whose work I’ve admired during my time working in the TV industry and when the opportunity arose to join them in this role it felt a great fit”, Ronan Hand said in a statement. I’m very much looking forward to bringing my energy and passion to their team and helping create more great content for UKTV’s dedicated audiences.”
Ronan joins UKTV from ITV Studios, where he is currently serving as Senior Vice-President of Global Content for non-scripted and co-productions. In said role, he is responsible for managing ITV Global’s non-scripted content, facilitating co-production on a domestic and global level, and acquiring and investing in the best non-scripted programming from producers around the world. He will take up his new post at UKTV next month.
“I’m delighted to welcome Ronan to UKTV. He has a glowing reputation, a keen editorial eye, and a wealth of experience across multiple genres, all of which make him ideally suited to help us realise our ambitions as an originator of differentiated content”, added Simon Michaelides. “At UKTV we value creativity, collaboration, and the ability to challenge the status quo. These are precisely the skills that Ronan has built his reputation on, and we look forward to him putting them into practice at UKTV.”