Jane Rogerson, former Director of Commissioning at UKTV, and Ross Harper, Executive Producer at IWC Media, have launched a new Glasgow based indie Red Sky Productions.
Red Sky Productions is backed by angel investors including All3Media co-founders Steve Morrison, David Liddiment, Jules Burns and John Pfeil, as well as Wall to Wall founder Alex Graham.
Red Sky has also received funding from Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council as well as Channel 4’s Alpha Fund.
Red Sky is focused on producing factual and factual entertainment programmes for UK network broadcasters and to the international and digital productions market.
Rogerson and Harper, who will be Red Sky’s joint Managing Directors, have appointed Sue Oriel, previously CEO of Firecracker Films, to advise and support them in commercial and business affairs.
Oriel will be responsible for establishing the management and financial side of the business and is charged with finding a distribution partner to support Red Sky in its international ambitions. Before Firecracker Oriel was Managing Director of IWC Media for 7 years.
Ros Homan joins Red Sky as Head of Development. Homan has led specialist factual development at BBC Science, BBC Scotland Specialist Factual, and Boundless Productions. She has developed series including Supermarket Secrets for BBC One, An Hour to Save Your Life and What’s the Right Diet for You? for BBC Two, and The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins for BBC Four.
Jane Rogerson’s credits while Director of Commissioning at UKtv included Dynamo: Magician Impossible, the return of Yes, Prime Minister, the relaunch of Red Dwarf X, Hairy Bikers Mississippi Adventure and Choccywoccydoodah.
Rogerson oversaw original content on all 10 UKtv channels. Before joining UKTV, Rogerson was the Controller of Features at ITV and creative director at Mentorn.
Ross Harper’s recent credits include Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones for ITV, The Inca: Masters of the Clouds for BBC4, and Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence for A+E. Harper also series produced the first series Extreme Fishing With Robson Green, and directed Mountain With Griff Rhys Jones for BBC1.
Rogerson commented, “As a true independent based in Scotland we’re able to drive towards our ambition to make stand out and entertaining factual content of the highest quality across the UK and internationally. We’re fortunate to have found a group of minority investors who can add stellar experience and expertise to our company. We’re brimming with ideas and can’t wait to get cracking.”
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