Brighton-based back2back Productions has appointed Scott McDonald to the role of senior development producer.


McDonald joins back2back’s development team, led by Holly Bigsby, where he will focus on bolstering the Brighton-based indie’s slate of returning brands and franchises. 


He comes to back2back from IFA Media, where he served as senior producer for the Singapore-headquartered film, TV and digital-content production group. His CV also includes senior development and production roles in UK production companies including IWC Media, Dragonfly and Renegade Pictures. McDonald’s development credits include Car SOS, Drugs Live, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green and Celebrity Botched Up Bodies. 


David Notman-Watt, back2back’s founder and managing director, said: “Scott has extensive experience in development, both in the UK and abroad. He’s also ambitious, energetic and has a real talent for spotting hits in embryonic form. In short, he’ll fit in perfectly with Holly’s extraordinary development team at this exciting time in the back2back growth story.” 


McDonald is the fourth creative executive to take a new role at back2back in the last two months. In early December, Anna Boronat was appointed head of production, alongside Claire Hamilton, who took up the post of senior production executive, and Mitzi David, who moved into the role of junior production executive. back2back’s has just had a new series greenlit in its Mega… franchise. In total, the company is currently in production on more than 61 hours of both new and returning programming.


Mega Air (8 x 60 mins) for UKTV’s Dave channel in the UK, Viasat World’s Viasat Explore channel across CEE, Russia and Nordics and Duke in New Zealand is the sister series to the returning franchise Mega Shippers. Featuring behind-the-scenes access to airports on both sides of the Atlantic, Mega Air explores what it takes for the largest freight operators, airports and carriers to deliver goods on time, 24/7. Represented globally by Hat Trick International, the series is scheduled to deliver in June.


Mega Air follows two factual-entertainment recommissions booked at the end of 2018: the third season of The World’s Deadliest… (13 x 60 mins) for the UK’s 5Spike and Australia’s Seven Network; and the second season of Scrap Kings (20 x 60 mins) for the UK’s Quest, Viasat World’s Viasat Explore channel and Germany’s ProSieben. 


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