Element Pictures has hired Anna Ferguson as Head of Television Drama.

Ferguson joins Element from Sky where she worked as an Executive Producer on several original dramas in production for Sky One and Sky Atlantic, including A Discovery Of Witches, Delicious, Gangs Of London And Tin Star.

She will oversee Element’s continued push into television drama, both in the UK and the international drama market, working closely with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe as well as the development and production team including in house producers, Emma Norton, Rosanne Flynn and Rory Gilmartin.

Prior to joining Sky, Ferguson series-produced the first series of RTS-awarding winning No Offence for C4 and two series of Prisoners’ Wives for BBC1. Other credits include Lip Service, Hustle and Ashes to Ashes.

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe said ‘We are very excited about Anna joining us. Her impeccable taste and brilliant development and production experience are exactly what we need to grow and build on our current slate of ambitious television drama.’

Anna Ferguson said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining a company with such a strong reputation for backing talent and making truly unique content. Ed and Andrew’s vision for Element feels like a great fit as I move back into programme-making after a fantastic two years at Sky. I’m hugely excited by the creative challenge ahead’.

Anne Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama, said ‘The big Sky shows coming to air across the next year – from A Discovery Of Witches on Sky One to Gangs Of London on Sky Atlantic – will be a fitting testament to Anna’s exceptional qualities as an Executive Producer and wonderful colleague. Anna has led the charge on some of our most valued and highly-rated shows and I know she will take Element Pictures from strength to strength. I can’t wait to work with her in her new capacity’.

Element’s upcoming releases include The Favourite directed by Yorgos Lanthimos with Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman, The Little Stranger directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson and Rosie directed by Paddy Breathnach, written by Roddy Doyle. Recent films include Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Yorgos Lanthimo’s films The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster and Lenny Abrahamson’s Oscar winning Room.

Upcoming television drama includes The Dublin Murders by Sarah Phelps, based on the bestselling Tana French novels. The Dublin Murders will be produced with Euston Films and Veritas  for BBC and Fremantle and is due to shoot this autumn.             

Jon Creamer

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