Former ITV director of factual Richard Klein has joined IWC Media as creative director.
Klein, who was also controller of BBC4 between 2008 and 2013, joins managing director Hamish Barbour’s team at the Glasgow and London based company.
IWC said the appointment underlines its ambition to grow its factual content to broadcasters in the UK and globally.
Klein’s brief is to build on IWC’s factual output, which includes Slow train through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones (ITV), Britain’s Benefit Tenants (C4), and Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge (Sky Arts).
The Indie’s recent commissions include Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence (A+E Networks), Robson Green’s Grand Slam Fishing (Travel Channel), Ellie Simmonds – Swimming with Dolphins (ITV), and Boy George’s My Generation (BBC2) alongside the long-running Location, Location, Location (C4) and Science of Stupid (National Geographic) and a third series of entertainment series Wild Things (with GME and Mad Monk) for Sky One.
IWC is part of the Banijay UK group of indies, which also includes RDF Media.
Richard Klein, Creative Director, IWC Media, said: “I am delighted to be taking up the role of Creative Director at IWC. Hamish Barbour is one of the people I most admire in television. His energy, creativity and passion are second to none, so it is an honour to get the chance to work alongside him. IWC is a production company that has real strength in depth and breadth, both in terms of its production output and the people that work there and I relish the chance to help the company grow and develop.”
Hamish Barbour, MD, IWC Media, said: “I’ve known Richard for many years and we have worked together on many of IWC’s biggest shows. I’m thrilled he’s joining us, he’s a huge talent and it will be a privilege and great fun to work alongside him. He’ll be a great asset to IWC, I look forward to the next step on the company’s journey and can’t wait to get started.