Frances Flannery is to join Banijay production house Wild Mercury as Head of Development.

In her role, Flannery will be responsible for generating new ideas, managing a growing development slate and working with Managing Director Derek Wax to drive the company’s creative strategy.

Flannery most recently worked at Fifty Fathoms as Associate Producer for Sky’s forthcoming historical drama Domina. She was a Development Producer at Wall to Wall for several years before becoming Head of Development at Big Light Productions in 2017. Her production credits include Criminal (Netflix), Spotless (Canal+), New Tricks (BBC1) and The Scandalous Lady W (BBC2).

Adam Lebovits, current Acting Head of Development for Wild Mercury, will move to becoming full time Script Executive on Wild Mercury’s recently announced Amazon series The Rig, having worked on the project since its inception.

Frances said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Derek and his wonderful team at Wild Mercury. They have a fantastic slate of projects and it’s an exciting time to be coming on board to help build on this as Head of Development.”

Derek Wax, Managing Director for Wild Mercury, said “Fran is a brilliant creative, passionate about development and writers love working with her. She will be a real asset to the forward growth of the company, at a key moment in our development with a number of exciting projects on the slate. We’re really delighted that Fran will be joining the team.”

Frances Flannery is one of two recent development appointments. Jessica Leech has recently joined Wild Mercury as Script Editor. She joins from Left Bank Pictures where she was respectively the development and production co-ordinator since 2018.

Wild Mercury’s recent projects, in association with Kudos, include Troy: Fall of A City for BBC and Netflix, Humans series 3 for Channel 4 and AMC and International Emmy-winning Capital for BBC One.

Wild Mercury is currently in pre-production in Scotland on The Rig – a six-part thriller for Amazon Prime directed by John Strickland, and The Sixth Commandment (w/t) for BBC1, written by Sarah Phelps.


Jon Creamer

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