Indie Expectation Factual has hired two senior executive producers, Ruth Kelly and Dominique Foster.
Expectation Factual is part of the Expectation group launched by Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks last year.
Kelly and Foster join Colin Barr and Amy Flanagan’s factual team as Executive Producers as the company’s commissions expand with forthcoming three-part series Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls due to transmit on BBC Two; eight-part factual series Murder and various other factual and factual drama scripts commissioned or in development.
Ruth Kelly, is an executive producer with 15 years in factual programming who joins from Minnow films where she was executive producer. At Minnow she executive produced across a variety of genres including two series of The Detectives for BBC Two, Valley Cops for BBC Three, and SAS: Who Dares Wins for Channel 4. She also executive producied BAFTA-winning The Last Chance School for Channel 4. Prior to that she produced and directed documentaries for including Fighting on the Frontline and The Hospital for Channel 4 and Scenes from a Teenage Killing and Prison Dads for the BBC.
Expectation Factual Creative Director, Factual and Factual Drama, Colin Barr, said: “Dominique and Ruth are two of the most exciting talents working in factual television today. Their range – from reputational, access-driven documentaries to entertaining, popular factual – is exactly the range we want in Expectation Factual. They both know how to produce work that combines the highest creative values with real editorial purpose. Working with them will allow us to grow and build across all shades of the factual spectrum.”
Kelly said: “After ten brilliant and fulfilling years at Minnow I am ready for a new challenge. Working at Expectation, a cross-genre company, alongside some of the best talent in the business is a unique and exciting opportunity. I am looking forward to working with Amy and Colin to build a slate that has ambition, quality, and innovation at its heart.”
Prior to joining Expectation Dominique Foster spent a year in the documentaries department at Channel 4 as Commissioning Executive, overseeing returning series including First Dates and The Supervet. Before this, her Series Producer/Director credits include rig series such as One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours in A&E for Channel 4, the Grierson-nominated fly-on-the-wall Births, Deaths and Marriages for ITV1, before moving in to constructed factual with the first series of SAS: Who Dares Wins and the spin-off Spies both for Channel 4.
Foster said: “As someone who’s passionate about pushing the boundaries of factual television, Expectation, with its wealth of multi-genre talent, feels like a natural home. I’m thrilled to be joining the talented team and look forward to working with Peter, Tim, Colin and Amy.”
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