Expectation has hired Sarah Harris as its new Head of Development for Factual and Factual Drama.

Harris joins Expectation from Sandpaper Films where she worked as Head of Development and oversaw projects including the recently-announced feature documentary Doom Scroll: Andrew Tate & The Dark Side of the Internet for Sky Documentaries, as well as several unannounced projects for Netflix and Channel 4.

She will lead the Factual and Factual Drama team at Expectation and will spearhead the further development of premium documentaries across terrestrial and global streamer markets. She will report into Colin Barr, Creative Director, Factual and Factual Drama.

Prior to Sandpaper, she was deputy head of development at Raw where she established Raw’s first podcast division, as well as originating and working across a range of premium factual programming including the UK No 1 Netflix series RipperThe Man Who Played with Fire for Sky Docs, Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi for Netflix, Parole and Paddy & Christine: Our Family and Autism for the BBC.

Before Sandpaper and Raw, she worked as Head of Development for Century Films and prior to that as a development producer for Minnow Films.

Sarah Harris said: “Having admired Expectation’s incredible output from afar for many years, I’m thrilled to be joining such a talented team and to be part of the next exciting phase of the company’s growth.”

Colin Barr, Creative Director, Factual and Factual Drama, said: “Sarah is such a dynamic and smart ideas generator and a perfect fit for the factual team at Expectation. Wherever she’s worked she’s always added huge value and brings a deep understanding of premium docs and negotiating access, which will be invaluable. She’s also fantastically collaborative and supportive, and I can’t wait to start building a fresh, exciting and ambitious slate with her.”

She starts her new role at Expectation on 1st July.

Jon Creamer

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