Rogan Productions has launched Rogan Scotland, the company’s new production and development base in Glasgow, as well as confirming the appointment of Mark Hedgecoe as Head of Rogan Scotland.

Hedgecoe joins from the BBC, having most recently led Pacific Quay Productions for BBC Studios in Glasgow. Reporting into Rogan Productions’ London head office, he will spearhead the launch of Rogan Scotland and is responsible for overseeing all production and development from the Glasgow base.

Managing Director, Soleta Rogan said: “We are delighted to be opening in Glasgow and working with the brilliant Mark Hedgecoe. Going forward we look forward to establishing our value to the local industry and to forging key relationships that not only harness established talent in and around Scotland, but nurtures individuals new to the industry.”

The move marks a significant expansion for the company, which was co-founded by husband and wife duo James and Soleta Rogan in 2013. Over the past eight years Rogan Productions has produced a number of high-profile films including recent BAFTA-nominated Putin: A Russian Spy Story for Channel 4 and the critically-acclaimed BBC documentaries Black Power: A British Story Of Resistance, Grierson Trust Documentary Award shortlisted Subnormal: A British Scandal and Uprising, directed by Sir Steve McQueen and James Rogan.

James Rogan, Creative Director said: “Our very first series The Craftsmen’s Dinner was made in Scotland and it has long been part of the company growth strategy to establish a base there. Opening in Glasgow is a crucial milestone in our development and our ability to deliver a wide range of films that reflect our passion for strong perspective, diversity and powerful storytelling.”

Rogan Scotland has recently secured its first commission with Frida(w/t), a three part docu-series for the BBC, which explores the personal and political life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her relationship with Diego Rivera. The Rogan Scotland production will be directed by Louise Lockwood, produced by Becky Marshall and executive produced by Nancy Bornat, Mark Hedgecoe and James Rogan.

Mark Hedgecoe, Head of Rogan Scotland said:It’s hugely exciting to be working for such a highly-regarded production company with an exceptional track record in factual programme-making.   Opening an office in Glasgow has already begun to create new opportunities, including the recent commission of Frida, and we are looking forward to announcing more projects in the near future.  

Hedgecoe led Pacific Quay Productions from when BBC Studios started and prior to that, ran the BBC’s Arts production team across the UK and was Deputy Head of BBC Science production. Hedgecoe has worked in factual programming for over 25 years and has won numerous awards across multiple genres.  In recent years his film The Challenger, about Richard Feynman’s investigation into the space shuttle disaster was awarded the RTS for Best Single Drama; the series Operation Iceberg received the RTS for Best Science Programme, BAFTA Scotland for Best Factual Programme and a Jackson Hole award; and his film The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins was shortlisted for the RTS, Grierson and BAFTA Scotland.

Jon Creamer

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