Two Rivers Media has hired Lucy Bacon as its Director of Unscripted Development. 

Bacon was previously Head of UK Factual Development at Wall to Wall Media. It’s the third high-profile senior creative hire that Two Rivers Media has made since its launch in January.

Bacon takes up her position at Two Rivers Media on 19 August.  She joins senior creatives Mirella Breda, Head of Entertainment, and Mick McAvoy, Head of Factual, at the indie’s Glasgow headquarters. 

Alan Clements, CEO of Two Rivers Media, said: “Lucy is one of the most outstanding development leads in the UK.  She has originated, developed and pitched a wealth of programme ideas, with much domestic and international success.  Lucy is also experienced in both returning series and working with SVoDs, areas in which we want to grow.  We are in the process of creating one of the stand-out creative teams in the business and are delighted to have Lucy as part of it.”

Lucy Bacon has been Head of UK Factual Development at Wall to Wall Media since 2016, where she has overseen the development of projects including The Twinstitute (BBC Two); Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family (BBC One); The 100 Years Younger Experiment (ITV); Nadiya’s Asian Odyssey (BBC One); World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (BBC Two); and Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star (BBC Three).

Previously, she was Head of Development: Development Central for BBC Productions, responsible for developing and pitching returnable formats across all platforms.  Credits include The Hairy Bikers, Chicken and Egg (BBC Two); and Who’s the Boss (BBC Two). Prior to that, she was Head of Factual Development at Remarkable Television and Head of Development at Shine TV.  She has also held a range of Development Producer and Development Exec roles.

Bacon will lead a growing development team which includes Lucy Hazzard, Head of Factual Development.  Formerly at Minnow Films and a specialist in access-based documentaries, her portfolio includes series such as One Born Every Minute (Channel 4), Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital (Channel 4), The Railways – Keeping Britain on Track (BBC Two) and The Model Agency (Channel 4).  Hazzard and Bacon are supported by Development Producers Lotte Murphy-Johnson and Sophie Scott.

Lucy Bacon, said: “Two Rivers Media is one of the most exciting production companies in the industry, with bigger ambitions than many established players.  I cannot wait to join the team. Lucy, Lotte and Sophie have a wealth of experience across the full breadth of unscripted.  I am really looking forward to growing the team and building a development powerhouse, creating stand-out ideas for the UK and international markets.”

Staff Reporter

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