Rumpus Media has promoted two of its existing team, Fintan Maguire and Morgan Roberts as well as adding B Inclusive co-founder, Jacqueline Baker, to its development team.
Fintan Maguire becomes Director of Factual, with Morgan Roberts promoted to Head of Factual Entertainment.
Maguire joined the company in 2017 as Head of Popular Factual and during that time has developed and executive produced a range of factual series for Channel 5 including, The World By Train with Sir Tony Robinson, Walking Britain’s Lost Railways, Weekend Breaks with Gregg Wallace and Murdered In Paradise. Previous to joining Rumpus Media he worked across factual and factual entertainment series for a multiple broadcasters.
Fintan Maguire said: “I’ve loved my first few years at Rumpus Media and I’m very much looking forward to the next chapter. Factual is such a broad and exciting space and we’re delighted to be working on some great shows with brilliant talent, on and off screen.”
Morgan Roberts, who over the last two years has exec produced shows including The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan for BBC Two is upped to Head of Factual Entertainment. In his new role Morgan will oversee key Factual Entertainment titles and talent-led projects, and reports into joint MD’s, Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush. Before joining Rumpus Media he worked as a freelance executive producer for six years, spending time at Firecracker Films, Shine, KEO Films, and Flicker across a wide-range of broadcasters. His previous credits include Celebrity Island (Channel 4), Reggie Yates: The Insider, Trump’s War on the Border and Gypsy Weddings.
Morgan Roberts said: “Taking on a permanent role overseeing Factual Entertainment at Rumpus Media means I can do more of what I love, the creative process of making shows, building happy, motivated teams and working to produce surprising, thoughtful and entertaining television.”
Rumpus Media, Managing Director, Emily Hudd said: “Morgan is a rare talent who walks the line between factual and comedy with intelligence and sensitivity. His collaborative, intuitive approach to programme making and shaping projects around talent has made him a very important part of our team over the past few years. We’re really excited about his expanded remit with us.”
Jacqueline Baker joins Rumpus Media in January as Development Assistant Producer. She will report to Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush and bolsters the development team as well as being tasked with working with emerging talent across the slate.
Baker has worked across commissioning support and development and is the co-founder of the B Inclusive Task Force. She worked in BBC Entertainment and Music Commissioning for six months; spent 18 months in Development at BBC Studios; worked supporting BBC Factual Entertainment Commissioning for almost two years; worked at Syco Music for one year and started her media career at Channel 4 in the formats and features team as Commissioning support.
Rumpus Media, Managing Director, Iain Wimbush, said: “The last few years our aim has been to build brands and create returning series. Talent is also key and Jacqueline has a keen eye for spotting and championing the stars of the future. Her work this year with B Inclusive is hugely impressive and we look forward to her helping us to further diversify our teams both in front of and behind the camera.”
Jacqueline Baker added: “Rumpus’s ambition to push emerging talent or create new formats with existing talent is one that strongly resonates with me. I look forward to developing more ideas with them through 2021 and beyond.”
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