UKTV appoints Waddell to boost original programming

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UK multichannel broadcaster UKTV has appointed Baby Cow Production’s Kerry Waddell as Head of Production. This comes at a time when the broadcaster has committed to a third more hours of original programming in 2018.

Reporting into Richard Watsham, UKTV’s Director of Commissioning, Waddell will be joining UKTV in March 2018 to lead the company’s production management team.

She will have ultimate responsibility for the production of all UKTV Originals, including newly announced Judge Romesh, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and Cop Car Workshop.

Waddell is currently Head of Production at Baby Cow Productions which was co-founded by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal. She brings 17 years of experience working on award-winning titles including Moone Boy, Alan Partridge, The Mighty Boosh, Gavin & Stacey and Red Dwarf. Her experience will further bolster UKTV’s scripted expertise as it focuses, for the first time, on commissioning and moving into production on four original six-part drama series for Drama and Alibi.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Kerry on quality shows such as Red Dwarf, Undercover and Zapped,” commented Watsham. “Her collaborative approach and the significant experience she’s built up by working on some of the best-known shows in the UK positions her perfectly for the kind of ambitious projects that we have coming down the line. The scale of the role is growing constantly as we increase our spend and hours and commission across more genres than ever before. Kerry can’t start soon enough!”

“I join the UKTV family at an incredibly exciting time and can’t wait to be part of the team that is investing in original programming at a record high,” added Waddell.


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