Pure Fiction Television, the new indie helmed by Tom Winchester, has expanded its development team after launching four months ago with two new senior hires.

Laura Klimke has started in the position of Executive Producer. Joining from Euston Films where she was Head of Development for four years, Klimke has worked on series including BBC One’s pre-Apocalyptic crime show Hard Sun and ITV’s supernatural thriller The Sister – both written by Neil Cross – and more recently has developed original queer comedy-horror drama, Wreck written by Ryan J. Brown, which has finished its transmission run on BBC Three, and has a second series already confirmed.

Yolanda Lee joins Pure Fiction as Development Executive. A former Development Executive at Urban Myth Films where she was script editing on the third series of War of the Worlds, Lee had previously worked at Sky Studios supporting on titles such as A Discovery of Witches, The Baby and Ashley Walters’ directorial debut, Boys. She has also held development positions at Sky, Three Tables Productions and Argonon label, Blacklisted Films.

Both Klimke and Lee will work with Winchester to drive forward live projects and grow Pure Fiction’s ambitious slate.

In addition to the two senior appointments, Winchester has hired Musanna Ahmed to support the team as Development Coordinator. Musanna joins from Big Talk, but also has a number of years’ experience working as a published freelance writer focusing on film, theatre and live music.

“I couldn’t be happier that Laura, Yolanda, and Musanna have joined the Pure Fiction team,” he said. “Their wealth of experience and creativity coupled with our like-minded spirit and shared passion for finding ambitious, provocative, and entertaining stories, will help solidify our place as the home for a new generation of creative visionaries.

“From day one, the company has been built upon an ethos of collaboration and inclusion. I want Pure Fiction to be a safe space for creatives to nurture their passion projects, whatever their backgrounds or previous experiences within the industry. We will focus on developing big, bold returning series that subvert expectation and have something to say about the world in which we live.”

Klimke said: “I couldn’t wait to be part of the collaborative ethos that drives Pure Fiction Television and building a slate around the boldest, most ambitious and original British voices is an exciting place to start.”

Lee said: “It is an honour to join a team of individuals with an impressive track record in scripted television. The ambition of storytelling already established at Pure Fiction is a testament to Tom’s acuity. I feel galvanised by his vision to empower creators to work passionately without compromising their authenticity, and I’m excited to uphold the company’s ethos of collaboration.”

Current development projects include a major high-end adaptation of the Rivers of London series of bestselling books, short stories, novellas and graphic novels by Ben Aaronovitch.

Picture: Eddie Judd Photography

Jon Creamer

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