Gaumont UK has hired Myar Craig-Brown as Creative Director, to oversee its drama slate.

Craig-Brown joins Gaumont UK from Wall to Wall and reports directly into executive producer Alison Jackson (Tin Star, Ashes to Ashes, Hunted), who helms Gaumont’s UK division.

Craig-Brown has worked across dramas including Vera, New Tricks and A Mother’s Son and will be charged with “finding culturally rich and unheard voices enabling writers the freedom to tell their stories, which aligns with Gaumont’s mission to showcase underrepresented stories through distinct and entertaining drama.”

Myar Craig-Brown said: “Gaumont is such a fantastic creative, global company, and trailblazers in scripted entertainment.  Both Alison and Gaumont share in my sensibility to create world-class entertaining drama that showcases and uncovers untold stories.  Having grown up in Singapore with a dual heritage, those ‘other’ or unknown stories are especially important to me.  The opportunity to join the team to develop a slate of culturally rich stories that reflect different voices is incredibly exciting.”

Alison Jackson, Gaumont UK CEO and executive producer, said: “Myar is a fantastic addition to our team.  She has an incredible track record of producing thought-provoking and engaging drama, and her relationships within the industry coupled with our network will help Gaumont UK continue to grow and produce exceptional drama that makes an impact. Her vision aligns with ours to champion lesser-known stories, and it’s a collaboration I’m keen to get started with.”

Prior to joining Gaumont, Myar Craig-Brown was Executive Producer for Drama at Wall to Wall. Through her five-year tenure at the production company, she brought in and developed new shows including two major DC titles.  Previously, as Head of Drama at Warner Bros’ Headstrong Pictures, she executive produced series 12 of hit BBC drama New Tricks, and during her run at ITV Studios she executive produced long-running ITV hit drama Vera, A Mother’s Son, Just Henry and The Psychopath Next Door.  Craig-Brown started her career in continuing drama, script editing on a variety of titles including Family Affairs, Doctors and Holby City – the latter of which she went on to series produce.

Craig-Brown’s appointment marks an expansion to Gaumont’s growing London-based division.  Gaumont UK has projects in development with a mixture of broadcasters and streamers, and recently announced the developments of two new drama adaptations, Sixteen Horses and Dressed For War: The Story of Audrey Withers, Vogue Editor Extraordinaire from the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties.

 

Jon Creamer