Fledgling consolidator Rare Television has hired UK indie Pioneer Productions’ creative director Ailsa Orr.
Orr is also a former head of programmes at BBC Northern Ireland.
“I couldn’t think of anyone I would rather see at the creative helm of 360 and I am confident that, under Ailsa’s guidance, the company will continue from strength to strength,” said Farren.
London-based Rare launched last year, and quickly snapped up Rome: The Rise of A Super Power producer 360, plus Screen Channel Television (Fake Britain). It also secured a development deal with Baby Grand Productions.
Rare CEO Anthony, who created the company with former RHI Entertainment chief Joel Denton, said of Orr’s hire: “Her appointment not only cements 360’s position as a leading producer of factual programming in Northern Ireland and London, but also marks a turning point where 360 further extends its reach into popular factual programming and targets new international markets.
“At the same time we believe John will make a significant impact across the group by bringing his 360 approach to bear on our broader content strategy.”