KEO Films has hired Jo Smith as Head of Popular Factual.

Passion Pictures-owned KEO Films’ recent shows include the quadruple BAFTA-nominated Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland by James Bleumel and the RTS-winning Chimp Empire.

Jo Smith was previously programme director at RDF, Remarkable Television and Portfolio Editor at BBC Two and Four.

Andrew Palmer CCO, KEO Films says “We are thrilled that Jo is joining the KEO team at this exciting time. As all the recent awards show, we are doing brilliantly in our premium factual division, and we are now looking forward to working with Jo to build our slate of returning formats and lifestyle shows.”

Jo Smith says “KEO films have been responsible for some of the most important documentaries of the last decade, with a rich history of films with purpose and awards to match. I am completely delighted to be joining Andrew, Will, James and the KEO team.   I look forward to further building on their impressive slate to create the next raft of returning formats and brands with KEO DNA at the heart.”

Nick Southgate CEO, PASSION PICTURES, says “KEO has fabulous premium factual formats and entertainment at its core, including the iconic River Cottage Franchise. Jo’s arrival promises to supercharge this offering taking KEO’s slate to a new level.”

Jon Creamer

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