Rumpus Media Names Avril Spary Head Of Comedy Entertainment, Promotes Chantal Barnes To Head Of Development

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Rumpus Media – the indie set up in 2013 by Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush – has hired Avril Spary to serve as their new Head of Comedy Entertainment.

Spary will report to Hudd and Wimbush and takes up post this month. She will be responsible for developing and pitching comedy entertainment ideas to UK broadcasters as well as working closely with emerging comedians and writers, developing off and on-screen talent.

She joins the company after a nine year stint at Tiger Aspect Productions, where she started as a trainee and worked her way up to Development Executive. “Tiger Aspect is a fantastic company, and I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed working there across the years”, Spary said. “My departure only demonstrates how exciting and brilliant Emily and Iain’s vision for Rumpus Media is”.

“Avril has a rare ability to develop really distinctive, high concept shows that are big on both entertainment and humour”, commented Rumpus Media’s Joint Managing Director Emily Hudd, “She has a keen eye for talent and really goes the extra mile to nurture them. We’re really excited to see how she grows the next generation of Rumpus Comedy Entertainment.”

Additionally, Rumpus has promoted Chantal Barnes to Head of Development. For the past year, Barnes has overseen the company’s development slate, devising Personal Dater and developing a Christmas special of The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganthan and two yet to be announced pilots. She previously worked in development at Initial, where she was involved in the development of Almost Impossible Gameshow, Give a Pet a Home and Tenable.

While Rumpus Media’s Joint Managing Director Iain Wimbush added: “Chantal’s relentlessly creative and has been invaluable this year working across all aspects of our diverse slate – from satirical current affairs to high concept gameshows. We’re so happy she’s going to lead the development team into 2019.”