Electric Ray poaches Endemol’s Parry

Shaun ParrySony-backed UK prodco Electric Ray has brought Endemol entertainment executive Shaun Parry into its fold.

Parry will take up the new post of creative director, overseeing Electric Ray’s entertainment programming slate as well as its development unit, which creates formats for the international market.

He takes up the post in March and will report to Electric Ray co-founders Karl Warner and Meredith Chambers.

Parry comes across from Endemol UK, where he was head of entertainment. In that role he oversaw shows including BBC’s Pointless and ITV’s The Whole 19 Yards. He has also held posts at Silver River Productions, RDF Media and the BBC.

Electric Ray, meanwhile, launched last year after former BBC entertainment commissioner Warner secured financial backing from Sony Pictures Television. Twenty Twenty creative director Chambers later joined him as managing director.

The company secured its first series, BBC One format Prized Apart, in September, and is also in production on Salford Dreams United (WT), also for the BBC.

“Karl and Meredith have hit the ground running over the past 12 months and I am hugely looking forward to joining the team at such an exciting time, to help establish Electric Ray as one of the UK’s leading producers of factual and entertainment content,” said Parry.

Endemol has yet to appoint a replacement for Parry, a spokesman told TBI.