Celia Taylor is joining Tinopolis-owned Mentorn Media as Managing Director.
She will be responsible for driving and expanding Mentorn’s diverse programme and development slate – with current shows ranging from Robot Wars and Question Time to Traffic Cops and Inside London Fire Brigade – with a focus on factual, factual entertainment and entertainment content for both the UK and the international market. She will report to David Mortimer, Director of Content for the Tinopolis Group.
Celia Taylor said: “Mentorn is one of the TV industry’s most respected production companies and I am incredibly excited about working with the hugely talented team to further build on the success they have had to date.”
David Mortimer said: “Celia is one of the most talented and well-liked TV executives I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past, so I know she’ll be the perfect fit for Mentorn. She is bursting with ideas and I am absolutely thrilled to have her on board to lead the brilliant Mentorn team.”
Celia was most recently Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning at Sky, where she ordered shows including League of Their Own, Wild Things, Ross Kemp’s Extreme World, Mentorn’s An Idiot Abroad, as well as BAFTA winning Flying Monsters 3D with Sir David Attenborough.
Prior to joining Sky, Celia was Director of Programmes at Virgin Media, responsible for four of their digital channels. As a commissioning editor for factual at the BBC she worked across BBC ONE, TWO and THREE on wide-ranging and BAFTA-winning output. Before moving into commissioning, Celia worked as a freelance producer for many independent production companies and broadcasters.
Celia is taking over responsibility for Mentorn from Jonathan Hewes, after the company’s busiest year in a while with production having increased significantly. Jonathan will now focus solely on his role as CEO of Tinopolis specialist factual producer, Pioneer, makers of How The Universe Works, this summer’s high-rating specials on the American Eclipse, and Your Face Says It All.
Arwel Rees, Chief Executive of the Tinopolis Group, said: “Mentorn has had a strong year with shows ranging from Robot Wars to the agenda-setting Question Time Election specials, and from Traffic Cops proving a ratings hit on Channel 5 to the moving and insightful Inside London Fire Brigade for ITV - and Jonathan has been instrumental to that success. I am tremendously excited that with this new set up our senior team is perfectly positioned to further build on that success and lead both Pioneer and Mentorn into their next phase of growth, in what is sure to be an exciting future for both companies.”
For more information, please contact:
Saskia Wirth, Director of Communications, Tinopolis Group