Shaftesbury – the leading Canadian indie behind Frankie Drake Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries – has hired former UKTV executive Alexandra Finlay to serve as their Senior Director for Creative and Co-Productions. She will based in London and will report to Shaftesbury’s Chairman and CEO Christina Jennings.
Finlay served as UKTV’s Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions and, as TVWise previously reported, was instrumental in strengthening UKTV’s relationship with the Hollywood studios; taking the broadcaster from a bit player to a major force with them. She helped secure such shows as Suits, Rizzoli & Isles, Castle and Grimm for UKTV.
Finlay exited UKTV last year as part of a restructuring that also led to the departure of Director of Programme Acquisitions Catherine Mackin. In her role as UKTV’s Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Finlay forged key relationships with the Shaftesbury team as a result of working closely with them on co-productions Frankie Drake Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries. She was UKTV’s Commissioning Executive for both shows.
“Shaftesbury has a long history of working with international partners to produce award-winning co-productions including recent successes Murdoch Mysteries and Frankie Drake Mysteries with CBC and UKTV, as well as upcoming event series Departure. Co-production opportunities are more important than ever and having Alexandra on the ground in London will allow Shaftesbury to continue to work closely with British and European partners,” Jennings said.
Before joining UKTV, Alexandra Finlay was Editor, Feature Films for Channel 4, programming titles across Channel 4, E4 and More4. Prior to that, she managed short film acquisitions for C4’s Shooting Gallery strand and Film4 Channel. Finlay started her career at the BBC, where she was a production assistant on film and series-related documentaries for BBC One and BBC Two.