Comedy indie Roughcut TV has consolidated its move into drama production, following its acquisition of the rights to develop and produce Sarah Vaughan’s Little Disasters, with the appointment of Sophia Rashid and Aisling Kiely as Drama Development Producers and promotion of Marianna Abbotts to Executive Producer, Drama.

Kiely joins having worked as a development producer and script consultant with series credits across the BBC, ITV, NBC and SKY and has worked in-house at Working Title and Endor Productions. She ran the development team at Twelve Town and provided consultancy work at partner company Riff Raff Entertainment helmed by Jude Law.

Sophie Rashid, joins from her role as executive producer in BBC Children’s In House drama productions, where her post involved working across the entire drama slate including the teen and young adult audience as well as drama for the coveted tween market. Rashid also worked as a producer on Holby City for BBC Studios and a Development Producer in the BBC Writers’ Room.

Head of Scripted Alex Smith said: We’re thrilled to welcome two brilliant new script brains to the drama team. Aisling and Sophia both bring bags of creativity and a long list of exciting new talent to our writing pool. Under Marianna’s guidance they’ll turbo charge the department as we continue to develop for all major broadcasters.

Established in 2007 by Ash Atalla and Tim Sealey, Rough Cut’s credits include Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4), People Just Do Nothing, Cuckoo (BBC3), Trollied (SKY1) and Jerk (BBC3).

Post-production is almost completed on its feature film adaptation of People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan which is set for cinema release summer 2021. Bloods, a new six-part Sky original comedy starring BAFTA-nominated Samson Kayo (Famalam, Timewasters) and Golden Globe-nominated Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous, Little Voice) recently aired on Sky One in May 2021.



Jon Creamer

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