Indie Two Rivers Media is accelerating its push into drama with two new hires.
Marcus Wilson joins the indie as Head of Drama, with a remit to grow the indie’s drama slate. Wilson comes to Two Rivers from acclaimed indie Fifty Fathoms Productions. The appointment sees the completion of the Two Rivers’ senior creative team following the indie’s launch in January.
Wilson’s Executive Producer credits include: Luther (for BBC Studios/BBC One), The A Word (for Fifty Fathoms/Keshet UK/BBC One) and The Worst Witch (for CBBC/ZDFe/Netflix). His Producer credits include Doctor Who (BBC Wales/BBC One), Whitechapel (for Carnival/ITV1), Our Zoo (for Big Talk Productions/BBC One), The A Word (for Fifty Fathoms/Keshet UK/BBC One), Luther (for BBC Studios/BBC One), Taggart (for STV/ITV1) and, as Co-Producer, Life on Mars (for Kudos/BBC One).
He joins Two Rivers’ senior creatives Lizi Wootton, Head of Popular Factual; Mick McAvoy, Head of Factual; Mirella Breda, Head of Entertainment; and Lucy Bacon, Director of Unscripted Development. Wilson will continue to exec his current Fifty Fathoms projects through to delivery whilst transitioning into the new role.
Marcus Wilson, says: “I’m incredibly impressed by Two Rivers’ ambition and energy and the experience of the creative team Alan has assembled. The appetite for new stories and new voices has never been greater, and we’re going to put the writer at the heart of everything we do. I want Two Rivers Drama to support established writers and new talent alike and help them bring their vision to the screen. We‘re going to tell original, exciting stories that will resonate around the world, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Kathryn Shrubb also joins as Development Executive. Formerly Senior Script Editor at Tall Story Pictures, where her credits included Bancroft (ITV), Shrubb was previously a Script Editor at BBC Studios, working on crime drama Luther (BBC One). Prior to this, she was Assistant Script Editor on Silent Witness (BBC One) and award-winning drama Three Girls (BBC One), among others.
Alan Clements, Managing Director of Two Rivers Media, says: “Drama is very important to the development of Two Rivers, so we are very excited to have Marcus and Kathryn on board. Not only have they both been involved in some of the UK’s highest-profile drama projects of the last 15 years, they are used to producing drama which is creatively exciting and commercially successful. That’s the perfect combination for us.
“It is particularly exciting to be finalising our senior creative team with the appointment of Marcus. I loved working with him on Taggart, so know that he is the perfect person to be leading our push into drama.”
Two Rivers is already working on its first drama project, a co-production with Awesome Media & Entertainment, a 2-hour special for Channel 5. Susan Hill’s The Small Hand (w/t) stars Douglas Henshall (Shetland, Outlander), Neve McIntosh (Cheat, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Shetland), Louise Lombard (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Adrian Rawlins (Chernobyl, Shetland), and is directed by Justin Molotnikov (Doctor Who, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Merlin, Atlantis) and written by Barbara Machin (Waking The Dead (BBC One). It is the first adaptation of a Susan Hill book since 2012’s blockbuster feature film The Woman In Black.
Both Wilson and Shrubb start at Two Rivers in November.
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