Wonderhood Studios has made a series of hires and promotions to its leadership team.

Lianne Hickey joins as Head of Production, while Katharine Patrick is promoted to Head of Factual and Tom Garton to Head of Development.

Lianne Hickey joins Wonderhood Studios from her role as Head of Production for Naked where she oversaw The Rap Game UK (BBC Three), The Killer Nanny: Did She Do It? (Channel 4), Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile (ITV/Paramount+), Manson: The Lost Tapes (ITV), and Planet Sex (Hulu /BBC3). Prior to joining Naked, Hickey held senior production roles at IMG Media, Firecracker Films, DCD Media and Summer Films.

Since joining Wonderhood Studios in 2019, Katharine Patrick has developed and executive produced the BAFTA and Grierson-nominated Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles (Channel 4), Trump in Tweets (BBC Two), and Devil’s Advocate: The mostly true story of Giovanni di Stefano (Sky Documentaries) with Chief Creative Officer Samantha Anstiss.

Tom Garton joined Wonderhood Studios in 2019, and since then has developed a raft of commissions including Devil’s Advocate: The mostly true story of Giovanni di Stefano (Sky Documentaries), Heston’s Marvellous Menu (BBC Two), COVID: Our Lockdown in Shanghai (Smithsonian), and Scouting for Girls, the forthcoming three-part series for Sky Documentaries. Both Tom and Katharine will secure unscripted commissions and work with Chief Creative Officer Samantha Anstiss on the creative direction of the company.

Susie Dark, MD, Wonderhood Studios said: “I’m thrilled to have Lianne join Wonderhood. Good Heads of Production may sometimes be in unsung roles, but they are absolutely key to the success of any indie, and in Lianne we have one of the very best. I am delighted to be working with her again.”

Lianne Hickey said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Wonderhood family at such an exciting time in its journey and being part of such an incredibly creative company. I am looking forward to getting straight to work and helping our teams create and develop more great work.”

Samantha Anstiss, Chief Creative Officer, Wonderhood Studios added: “It’s great to recognise the creative talent and success of Katharine and Tom with these well-earned promotions. They have been instrumental to the company’s growth – originating ideas, securing access and executive producing high-impact programmes – and already busy on our upcoming new content.”

Fatima Salaria, MD, Naked (a Fremantle label), said: “Lianne has been an integral member of the senior team working tirelessly to keep our shows on the road. We will miss working with her.”

Jon Creamer

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