Portrait Artist of the Year indie, Storyvault Films, has appointed Claire Pugh-Williams to the newly-created role of Head of Production.

Pugh-Williams’ responsibilities will include production leadership of Storyvault’s two flagship series for Sky Arts: Portrait Artist of the Year (PAOTY) and Landscape Artist of the Year (LAOTY).  Claire Pugh-Williams has led and been responsible for the production of shows for the BBC, Discovery UK & Europe, Amazon Prime Video, National Geographic/Disney+, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Storyvault has created the new role to “streamline” the production of PAOTY and LAOTY and to work alongside the creative team to further develop both series and formats as they enter their second decade in production.  Both formats and series are represented internationally by Banijay.

Director of Production and co-founder of Storyvault Films, David Buckley says: “These series have had a huge impact in the art world and have become a landmark feature of the Sky Arts schedule.  This important new role enables us to refresh and renew our production of both series, underpinning their continued success.  Claire fits the bill perfectly. Her track record of delivering high-end content for all industry platforms is complemented by her superb people skills and the respect she has won from across the industry.  We are thrilled she is joining us.”

Pugh-Williams joins Storyvault Films from production management company Nest Productions, where she led productions for various clients across factual, factual entertainment, studio, animation and digital.  Her portfolio also includes Chris Hemsworth’s factual documentary series Limitless for National Geographic/Disney+ (as Production Manager, Nutopia) and 7 Toughest Days on Earth for National Geographic/Disney+ (as Line Producer, Nutopia) as well as Will Australia Ever Have a Black Prime Minister? for Foxtel/SBS/ABC (as Line Producer, Joined Up Films); Outback Truckers and Outback Opal Hunters for Discovery UK & Europe (as Line Producer, Prospero Productions); Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia for ITV (as Production Manager, Prospero Productions; and Top Gear for BBC Two (as Production Manager).

Claire Pugh-Williams says: “It’s fantastic to be joining such a highly-respected indie at this exciting time for both Storyvault and these landmark series.  As a huge fan of PAOTY and LAOTY, it’s a great privilege to be asked to lead the production of what I believe are two of the most important culture series on television.  There is enormous potential for ongoing success and growth and I am excited about being part of their future development.”

In addition to ten series of PAOTY and nine series of LAOTY for Sky Arts, Storyvault’s slate includes Write Around the World with Richard E Grant (BBC); Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me (Showtime, Sky Arts and BBC Films);  Gary Numan Resurrection; (Sky Arts) The Football Club(Channel 4); The Sky Arts Book Club (Sky Arts); My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles (BBC); The Box That Changed the World (BBC)

Storyvault was assisted in the executive search for the role of Head of Production by Ibison Talent Group. Pugh-Williams begins her role on 25 September and will report to the Director of Production, David Buckley.

Jon Creamer

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