David Emerson, is joining Mentorn Media as Head of Formats and Features.
David Emerson, is joining Mentorn Media as Head of Formats and Features, it was announced today (FRI).
The appointment comes as Mentorn Media also recognised the successes of a number of their team in making significant internal promotions.
Previously David Emerson worked as Head of Features at Betty where he produced a number of factual entertainment and features programmes including: The Food Inspectors for BBC One; Rip Off Food for BBC Two; and the Autistic Gardener and Country House Rescue for Channel 4. Emerson was at Betty since 2010 and also worked on developing hit formats Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners for Channel 4 and Too Ugly for Love for Discovery.
Before working at Betty, Emerson worked as Series Producer at Red House and Talkback Thames making How Clean is Your House, Property Ladder and Britain’s Best Home.
David Emerson said:“I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of such a creative and established independent production company as Mentorn Media. What really excites me is that Mentorn want to be at the cutting edge of formats, experimenting with the genre to make bold, exciting shows. They have an extensive portfolio of high quality programmes across a range of genres and I’m looking forward to expanding the range of features and returnable formats.”
Mark Roberts, Creative Director, said:“Over recent years, factual entertainment and entertainment programming has become as important as our factual heritage. David has a wealth of experience in factual entertainment and features formats and we’re delighted to welcome someone of his creative calibre to the team.”
Mark Roberts also announced that Creative Executive and multi-award winning film-maker, Iain Scollay has been promoted to Head of Documentaries,
Scollay joined Mentorn just over a year ago from the BBC and is based in Mentorn Scotland’s Glasgow office. Over the past year, Scollay has been responsible for the Costa de Sol – The Last Brits Standing for BBC One, Britain’s Poshest Nannies for ITV, and How Scotland Works for BBC.
Iain’s promotion completes a round of appointments and promotions which has seen Development Executive Matthew Clifton become Head of Development with Natalie Hill joining as development executive and executive producer.
Mark Roberts, Creative Director Mentorn Media, said:“This is very exciting time for Mentorn Media and it demonstrates the breadth of our output and the strength of our reputation - talented producers want to work with Mentorn and develop their careers here. Iain’s film makers instincts, news sense and contacts are integral to the team and his ability to secure access is second to none.”
Matthew Clifton’s promotion to Head of Development comes after he has spent the past four years working in Mentorn Media’s Development team. He originated and developed the much talked-about television programmes: Fried Chicken Shop and Celeb Hunter with Chris Stark, both for Channel 4.
Mark Roberts added:“Matt is a rising star of the TV world. He loves television and is determined to find ideas that innovate and surprise. He will thrive in his role of Head of Development.”
Clifton said:“There’s nothing quite like seeing ideas go from words to an on-screen reality. I’m very proud of the development ideas that have come to fruition at Mentorn Media so far and I look forward to this next creative chapter.”
In his new role, his first appointment has been Development Executive & Executive Producer, Natalie Hill. She has experience in both Development and Production and has worked on successful factual entertainment series including Stacey Dooley Investigates, Dispatches, The Apprentice, 24 Hours In A & E, Heston’s Fantastical Food, Great British Menu to mention a few.
Clifton said:“I’m delighted to welcome Natalie to the team. She has a wealth of experience in developing factual entrainment series for all the broadcasters as well as working as series producer, executive producer on a number of them. She’s a fantastic addition to the team.”
The development and growth within Mentorn follows the promotion of Tayte Simpson to Director of Programmes in 2014.
Mark Roberts concluded:“The appointment of David Emerson and these internal appointments gives us an energetic, creative and dynamic team of which I’m very proud.”