Henry Swindell is to take on the role of  head of development at AbbottVision after delivery of the most recent series of No Offence which airs this Thursday on C4. 

He worked as script producer on the third series of Paul Abbott’s police drama and will now move to head of Development. Swindell will remain based in Manchester working out of the Writers Studio, developing and expanding the company’s slate of projects, whilst seeking out and developing new and diverse talent.

Swindell has most recently been Script Producer on Torvill and Dean by William Ivory with DSP for ITV and on No Offence with AbbottVision for Channel 4. He has also developed High End TV Drama series and serials for all the major UK broadcasters with production companies including Kudos, New Pictures, Warp Films, Two Cities Television, Artists Studio and Brown Eyed Boy.

He was formally Senior Script Executive, BBC Northern Ireland Drama where he worked across commissioning and development for all BBC channels.

For several years, working out of MediaCityUK and across the whole of the UK, Swindell ran BBC Writersroom North. He worked across BBC Film, TV and Radio finding and developing writers and projects for all fiction departments (drama, comedy & childrens) of the BBC.

Swindell said: “I have long admired the work of Paul Abbott. Indeed, I have constantly been using his work as examples when training script editors and writers. So, it’s an honour and a privilege not only to finally get to work with Paul but to be invited to join his company and work across all of his projects. It’s been a joy working with Martin Carr and the team during NO OFFENCE. So, I’m excited too to be able to build a slate of projects with AbbottVision by other writers drawing on my network and relationships built over my career and particularly from my time working in commissioning and development”

Martin Carr, partner at AbbottVision said “Henry is a natural fit at AbbottVision. The company has a track record at championing new writers and Henry has a huge range of experience, from running the BBC Writers Room to working with some of the most established talent in the country.”

Paul Abbott said “When Henry joined us on No Offence, we hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since.  His well-earned pedigree at finding new talent is right up our street.  AbbottVision is one of very few truly independent indies in the UK, and as such, we run a tight team, Henry’s skillset for forging new projects and knowing how to chuck the furniture about has been a joy to spend time with across a very diverse batch of new projects.  We’re thrilled to have him and delighted he wants to move ahead with us.”

Staff Reporter

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