Music, arts and specialist factual producer, CC-Lab,  has appointed director and producer Hannah Springham to a newly created position of development director and executive producer.

In her new role, Springham will work alongside CC-Lab producer-director Olly Pollard to design and implement development strategy, “which is set to expand its output in returning factual entertainment, formats and feature documentaries.” She will report to CC-Lab’s creative director Justin Rees.

Springham’s multiple career highlights include becoming the first female director of motoring superbrand Top Gear. In fashion and lifestyle formats, her portfolio includes Gok’s Fashion Fix, Supersize vs Superskinny, Britain’s Next Top Model and Twiggy’s Frock Exchange. She has also secured access docs such as Channel 5’s Bad Habits, which was set in a Catholic convent in rural Norfolk. Her creating and directing credits also include Sky One’s Pineapple Dance Studios and BAFTA-nominated Rob and Romesh vs…, ITV’s The Only Way is Essex and E4’s Made in Chelsea.

CC-Lab’s creative director Justin Rees said: “We’ve spent the last quarter of a century producing premium music, arts and live-event programming. As a result, we not only have a quarter of a century of creative talent and experience at our fingertips, but also the infrastructure and capacity to do much more. Hannah joins CC-Lab at a pivotal moment as we expand into new sectors. We need somebody with the vision to mash up genres and push boundaries, but who’s also able to direct, produce and deliver on time and on budget. There aren’t many people who can deliver that package — Hannah is one of very few.”

Springham added: “My absolute passion is securing access to people and places that have never been seen on television, from religious orders to people with talking dogs. Finding and telling those unheard stories will be at the heart of CC-Lab’s factual entertainment strategy and we’re already fizzing with new ideas and possibilities. For me personally, joining CC-Lab is a dream. Working with genuinely good people in a supportive environment that nurtures brave creativity is sadly all too rare in today’s industry.”

Jon Creamer

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