Independent production company Element Pictures has hired Channel 4’s Jonny Richards to serve as their Head of TV Development.
In the newly created role, Richards will will oversee Element Pictures’ continued push into TV drama, expanding its development slate for the UK, US and international market. He will be based at the indie’s London office and will report to Element’s Head of Television Anna Ferguson.
“I’ve long admired Element Pictures’ work and am delighted to be joining the company as it grows its original TV output”, Jonny Richards said. “It’s a privilege to be working with Ed, Andrew, Anna and a team that is passionate about bringing unique voices to the screen.”
Prior to joining Element Pictures Jonny Richards served as Drama Commissioning Executive for Chnnel 4. In said role, he oversaw numerous dramas including the third seasons of No Offence and Humans, HBO co-production Brexit: The Uncivil War, and the upcoming Elliott Colla adaptation Baghdad Central. He also spent six years working at ITV Studios label Silverprint Pictures.
Element Pictures has offices in Dublin, Belfast and London. The indie is presently in production on two TV projects, both of which are for the BBC. Sally Rooney adaptation Normal People is now filming in Dublin and will air on BBC Three in the UK and Hulu in the United States. They are also producing The Dublin Murders, an adaptation of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Sqaud novels, for BBC One and US premium cable network Starz.
“We are incredibly proud of our achievements with our feature films, and we are excited to bring the same authentic and visually unique qualities to our television dramas”, said Ed Guiney, Director of Element Pictures and Anna Ferguson, Head of Television for Element Pictures. “Jonny has an incredible development track record and a brilliant eye for discovering distinctive and engaging stories, so we are thrilled that he has joined the team to build our current slate and deliver world-class ambitious drama.”