ITV Studios restructures production as Sally Debonnaire retires | New

ITV Studios, the production and sales arm of the UK commercial broadcaster, has added three new directors in production roles to oversee UK scripted, UK unscripted and international production as production manager Sally Debonnaire prepares to retire .

Sally Debonnaire

Debonnaire will retire from full-time production management in early 2022 after joining ITV Studios in 2012. She currently leads the global production management teams at ITV Studios and has overseen the expansion of a 60 label business. of production.

His 40-year career includes positions as Managing Director of Talkback Productions, Managing Director of Avalon Television and Controller of Production Operations at BBC Vision Productions.

Matt Cleary and Helen Killeen will take on the roles of Production Manager for Scripted and Unscripted Storylines, respectively, reporting to COO David McGraynor.

Ben Russell will assume the role of International Production Manager and will report directly to Lisa Perrin, International Production Manager.

Matt Cleary

Cleary has over 25 years of experience, starting his career in entertainment, before moving on to drama at ITV studios. In 2019, he was appointed Chief Drama and Continuing Drama Production, providing leadership and oversight for a growing roster of productions, including series such as Vera, Shetland and The Bay.

Killeen started her career in factual and documentary before moving on to the day, where she played a key role in the launch of Good Morning Britain. In 2014, she was appointed to the position of Day Production Manager, overseeing seven and a half hours of live television a day.

Ben Russell has been with ITV for over 23 years, his first 15 years spent in entertainment productions as a production manager and executive producer on numerous reality, studio and set productions. He joined ITV Sport as Head of Production Operations in 2013.

Helen Killeen

Meanwhile, Jeanette Moffat holds the position of Head of Production at Lifted Entertainment and Alice Gairdner will do so at ITV Studios Daytime, while in the sequel, Nader Mabadi and Lee Rayner hold the positions of Emmerdale and Coronation Street soaps, respectively.

Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios, said: “We are working in a time of tremendous change for our industry, and with ITV Studios’ strategic ambition to continue to develop UK and international production, the task will do That expanding and producing management is vital to achieve this.

“Matt, Helen and Ben will lead teams capable of driving innovation and the sharing of best practices across all of our UK and international businesses and I am delighted to have them on board.

Ben russell

“It is also a testament to the strength of talent we have to work for us as Jeanette, Alice, Nader and Lee have all been promoted to their new roles. “

“Sally will be staying at ITV Studios for the next few months and we will all have the chance to say goodbye to her next year.

“In the meantime, it’s typical of Sally’s leadership that she has such a well-organized transition plan in place with a brilliant production management team.”

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