UK indie 7 Wonder has hired Duncan Coates in the newly created role of Creative Director.
Coates will be joining from betty, where as Director of Programmes he oversees creative output on shows including The Undateables, Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clark, Obsessive Compulsive Country House Cleaners and Tricks of the Restaurant Trade, all for Channel 4 and Too Ugly For Love? for TLC.
Coates worked at Wall to Wall for six years prior to joining Betty. While at Wall to Wall he was responsible for Long Lost Family for ITV, Wanted: A Family of My Own also for ITV and The Gift for BBC One.
Reporting into 7 Wonder Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Alexandra Fraser, Coates officially joins the company in November.
7 Wonder was founded in 2014 by Liza Abbott, Alexandra Fraser and Simon Ellse, and is backed by 7 Network Australia. It opened a regional office within The Library of Birmingham earlier this year, and since launching has secured commissions from broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBeebies, Sky 1 and Arts.
Its shows include daytime cooking series My Kitchen Rules, which launches on Channel 4 today, BBC Two series Back to the Land with Kate Humble and interactive history format, People’s History of Pop for BBC Four, to Obesity: The Post Mortem for BBC Three and ITV travelogue series Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America.
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