Ridley producer West Road Pictures has hired Leah Foster as Development Executive and Sarah Caswell as Development Associate.
Foster joins from Monumental Television where she worked as Development Editor. She was also Script Editor on Mrs Sidhu Investigates for Acorn TV and Junior Script Editor on Murder in Provence for ITV / BritBox. Prior to this, Foster worked at Magnolia Mae Films, where she was Development Associate and served as Producer’s Assistant on Netflix’s The Dig.
Before joining All3Media’s West Road Pictures, Caswell was Development Executive at indie My Accomplice where she focused on nurturing new writing talent. She also spent several years at BBC Studios, where she worked as Storyliner, Script Editor and Researcher across Casualty and Holby City. Caswell cut her teeth in production management within BBC News before changing career to follow her true passion – drama.
Alongside West Road’s Head of Development Ellie Birnie, the pair will focus on the growth of the company’s drama development, building on its scripted slate, which includes Ridley, the primetime ITV detective series starring Adrian Dunbar which ranked within the top 10 new dramas across all channels in 2022, as well as Hollington Drive for ITV, Channel 5’s psychological thriller Penance, and IFTA-winning family saga Blood.
Jonathan Fisher, West Road Managing Director, said: “It’s very exciting to be welcoming two driven and ambitious creatives to the company in Leah and Sarah. With another busy year of production ahead, it felt like the right time for Ellie and I to bolster the team as our ambitions for the business evolve.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining the exceptionally talented team at West Road Pictures,” Foster said. “When I met Jonathan and Ellie, I instantly felt our creative instincts were aligned along with our dedication to making thought-provoking and unapologetically entertaining shows.”
Caswell said: “I’m delighted to be joining the incredible team at West Road Pictures, having immediately resonated with their bold and creatively ambitious development remit. I look forward to coming on board at this pivotal time in the company’s growth.”
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