Initial Productions has appointed Paul Osborne as the new Creative Director of Big Brother.
He joins following a decade living and working as an Executive Producer in LA, where he has worked on shows including Secret Millionaire, Breaking Pointe and Celebrity Wife Swap. Most recently he spent three years as Executive Producer with Lime Pictures USA.
He has worked on multiple series of Big Brother prior to his time in the States, from taskmaster of the very first series in 2000 to Executive Producer of Big Brother 7.
The latest series of Celebrity Big Brother launches on Channel 5 in August and will be themed ‘The Eye of the Storm’ with all housemates having been caught up in their own media controversies. This will be followed by a new series of civilian Big Brother.
Osborne said: “Big Brother is part of my DNA, so returning to my roots was a no-brainer. This year all the celebrity housemates have a unique shared experience, they’ve all weathered their own media storms. Under Big Brother’s eye their stories will be once again firmly in the spotlight and in the national conversation. This summer’s Celebrity Big Brother, like the new eye, is set to be electric.”
Tamsin Dodgson will also return as Executive Editor after her first stint on Celebrity Big Brother: Year of the Woman in January. Her CV includes I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The X Factor, The Only Way is Essex and Celebs Go Dating. Dodgson and Osborne have worked together before on the US version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here for NBC.
Executive Producers are Anna Meadows (Blind Date, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, The Voice, Big Brother’s Little Brother) and Jess Thomas (Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Made in Chelsea, One Night With My Ex) with Lucy Crofts, Matt Green and Cally Haycox serving as Series Editors.
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