The Development Partnership (TDP) has hired Ed Clarke and Sarah Freethy.

Clarke joins as Executive Producer working across scripted TV and feature films, while Freethy will be Executive Producer non-scripted TV working across TDP and Woodcut Media projects. The latter is under the recently announced non-scripted first look with DRG.

Robert Taylor, principle executive at The Development Partnership, says, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ed and Sarah to TDP. The company has a continued ambition to be a place where talent can develop ideas they are passionate about and be a real part of the process. Being able to do this with Execs of the calibre of Ed and Sarah, who will be driving both the scripted and non-scripted slates forward, is hugely exciting”.

Clarke, former Head of Film & TV at Joe Wright’s Shoebox Films, said, ‘I’m thrilled to be joining TDP, and to be building a distinctive slate of talent-led film and TV projects. It’s an endeavour with enormous potential, both commercially and creatively, and I’m very much looking forward to help realise it’, said Clarke.

Freethy joins with over 25 years of industry experience, including a range of feature and factual programmes for Channel 4 and Channel 5. Her role will be to work across the slate of talent led factual projects that is being developed between TDP and factual partner Woodcut Media, continuing on from previous shows such as the Alfie Allen series A Brief History of Football for History Channel and A+E Networks and the recently announced FIENNES: RETURN TO THE NILE series for National Geographic.

She says, “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with The Development Partnership and Woodcut Media in this way. I’ve long championed this way of developing ideas; creating brilliant bespoke projects, tailored to talented people that viewers love spending time with. It’s really exciting to see it working so well in practice.”

Staff Reporter

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