Rig show specialist Brown Bob Productions is to launch its first US office.

Brown Bob US will aim to create high volume, cost-effective and returnable factual series for US audiences.

In the UK Brown Bob Productions, led by joint CEOs Nicki Gottlieb and Jacqueline Hewer, has become a specialist in rig shows – which has seen the company build their own custom camera rigs to produce returning series including ‘Inside the Ambulance’ for UKTV-owned W channel.

The company has hired experienced producer Gillian Hourihan as Development Producer of Brown Bob US. Based in New York City, Hourihan is tasked with expanding the US business, developing and pitching content to networks and digital platforms as well as forming new collaborations.

She will report directly to Nicki Gottlieb and Jacqueline Hewer. Hourihan previously worked in Brown Bob’s London office and begins her new US role with immediate effect.

During her 10-year career, Hourihan has developed, cast and produced features, formats and reality TV shows including the award-winning ‘Made in Chelsea’. She was previously Producer at NBCUniversal.

Nicki Gottlieb, CEO and Co-Founder, Brown Bob Productions, said: “We have now produced 15 series over the last few years using our bespoke rigs and we are delighted that we can now build our capabilities in the US and bring our expertise to American networks.”

Brown Bob Productions’ credits include ‘Inside the Ambulance’, ‘Inside the Vets’ and ‘Inside the Operating Theatre’ for UKTV’s W channel and ‘Fraud Squad: NHS’ and ‘Fraud Squad: The Hunt’ for BBC Daytime. The company also produces ‘History Hunters’ and ‘The Architecture the Railways Built’ for UKTV’s Yesterday channel and ‘Paul Merton’s Secret Stations’ and ‘Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow’ for Channel 4.

Jon Creamer