Screen Scotland has hired Kieran Hannigan as Head of Scripted, Dani Carlaw as Head of Unscripted and Steven Little as Head of Production.

Experienced Executive Producer, who has led the BBC’s River City for the last four years, Kieran Hannigan has been appointed as Screen Scotland’s new Head of Scripted.

In this role, Hannigan will develop Screen Scotland’s work with writers, producers, broadcasters and other development partners to support Scotland’s scripted talent across film and TV. Hannigan and his team will bolster the editorial support available to Scottish talent at the development and production stage.

Hannigan commented: “I am completely thrilled to be joining the team at a moment when we have so many brilliantly talented creatives as well as demand for stories from Scotland. Seizing this opportunity to establish sustainable and enduring success across film and TV has to be our goal and I can’t wait to start working with producers, writers and directors on making that happen.”

Director, and Series Producer, Dani Carlaw has been appointed Screen Scotland’s Head of Unscripted.

Developing a strategy to support unscripted film and TV, Carlaw will be responsible for early stage talent development, supporting producers with funding of both individual programmes and slates of projects at the development and production stage, directly at Screen Scotland and in collaboration with broadcasters and other strategic partners.

Commenting, Carlaw said: “It is a privilege to support the unscripted sector as part of the committed and experienced team at Screen Scotland.  Now more than ever this sector needs support as it finds ways to thrive in such challenging times.

“As a career freelancer, I forged many fantastic relationships with Scotland’s dynamic and diverse talent base and production companies, as well as the in-house teams at PSBs, multi-channels and platforms, here, across the UK, and beyond. I look forward to building on these relationships, and forging new ones, as I work collaboratively with Screen Scotland and our partners to ensure the unscripted Film and TV sector flourishes.”

Steven Little, former Head of Production at Scottish film and television production company, Blazing Griffin, will take up the role of Screen Scotland’s Head of Production.  He will oversee productions funded by Screen Scotland to enhance the number, quality and diversity of film and television productions from Scotland.

Little commented: “In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that we work together to build upon the significant contribution that Screen Scotland has already made to the continuing success of our industry.

“I am delighted to be joining Screen Scotland and looking forward to using my varied experience to support independent production companies, nurture new talent and maximise opportunities on a domestic and international level.”

Today’s announcement consolidates plans to enhance Screen Scotland’s leadership team. Those announced today join Brodie Pringle, Head of Screen Commission, Louise Acheson, Head of Business and Market Development, Sambrooke Scott, Head of Audience Development and Scott Donaldson, Head of Film Education, working to Isabel Davis (Executive Director) and David Smith (Director).  Also recently joining in a newly created role is Alison Smith, Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, to support Screen Scotland and its funded partners to strengthen EDI practice across the sector.

Screen Scotland’s Executive Director, Isabel Davis said: “We’re so excited to have Kieran, Dani and Steven join our brilliant team.  Each brings fresh creative thinking, coalface experience, and a deep commitment to generating a strong body of work from Scotland.  At a time of deep challenge for the sector, it’s all the more important that we enable Scotland to make its best work and compete on a global level.”

Jon Creamer