Drama indie Big Light Productions has expanded its team across production and development with two new appointments.

Big Light has appointed Frances Flannery as Head of Development, with a brief to build the company’s original development slate and strategy. She was most recently Development Producer at Wall to Wall. 

Joining her is Executive Producer Emily Feller, previously a producer at Red, who will be Executive Producer on Big Light’s Medici: Masters of Florence, as well as new original series. 

Both will report to recently appointed Head of Drama Katie McAleese, who has been tasked with expanding Big Light’s slate of drama projects, working with new and established talent in the UK and internationally, primarily for the UK and US markets.

Big Light was launched by CEO Frank Spotnitz in 2013, and has produced titles including The Man in The High Castle for Amazon, Ransom for CBS and Medici: Masters of Florence for Rai and Netflix.

"With projects already in development in the UK, the US and Europe, it’s an exciting moment for Emily and Frances to join the team," says McAleese.  "They’re both exceptionally writer-focussed and have fantastic editorial instincts. I’m thrilled that they’re joining as Big Light moves into this next phase."

Feller has been in-house producer for Red Production Company for the past four years.  Prior to producing, she worked as a script editor for Hat Trick Productions on Jed Mecurio’s Bodies before becoming Series Editor on Emmerdale. At Red, she script edited dramas such as Unforgiven, Exile, Scott and Bailey and The Driver.  She recently produced Trust Me, starring Jodie Whittaker, for BBC One.

Flannery began her career at Kudos Film & TV before working as a freelance Script Editor on shows such as The Prisoner, M.I. High, Coming Up and New Tricks.  She then joined Wall to Wall as a Development Editor in 2012.  In 2014 she was Script Executive on Spotless for Canal+, after which she returned to Wall to Wall as a Development Producer and worked on a range of shows including The Scandalous Lady W for BBC2.

Staff Reporter

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