Exodus and Hugh’s War on Waste indie Keo Films has announced the departure of CEO Debbie Manners.

Keo will now be led on a day-to-day basis by CCO Andrew Palmer and COO Simon Huntley.

A former chief operating officer of Hat Trick and group commercial director for RDF, Manners is well known in the industry following her time as chair of Pact Council.

Keo said that the company has doubled its turnover under Manners, and launched new initiatives including Keo Australia and Field Day Productions with Sally Angel.
Manners said: “I have loved my time at Keo, leading a highly successful strategy that resulted in many brilliant and award winning programmes, of which I am very proud.  I have taken the decision to leave, so that I can continue to do what I do best – explore new markets and grow production businesses.
"I will remain as Chief Executive of Field Day and am excited to be able to focus on taking the company to the next level of its business, as a fully fledged Indie. I am looking forward to working alongside Managing and Creative Director Sally Angel and Head of Factual Entertainment Karen Steyn. I wish all my Keo colleagues the very best for continued success with making ground-breaking award winning television programmes."

Keo is owned by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Andrew Palmer and Zam Baring.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said, “Debbie is a highly talented executive who has helped us build and expand over the last five years. We are grateful for all she has done for Keo, and sad to see her leave. We wish her every success with Field Day, where her experience and insight will be invaluable.”

Staff Reporter

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