Simon Dickson, co-creator and commissioner of One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours in A&E, is joining Shiver to set up a new label specialising in factual series and formatted documentaries. Simon will be joined by Lorraine Charker-Phillips, who has been appointed Executive Producer.
Simon was most recently Managing Director of Dragonfly overseeing a vast slate of series which combined creative innovation with popular appeal. His many successes include the multi-camera wildlife experiment The Burrowers: Animals Underground which became a natural history hit for BBC Two; Bear Grylls’ Wild Weekends and the BAFTA nominated The Plane Crash.
Simon was the driving force behind the fixed multi-camera rig to shoot factual television programmes and as Deputy Head of Documentaries at Channel 4 co-created and commissioned the BAFTA award winning One Born Every Minute and the critically acclaimed 24 Hours in A&E; as well as The Hotel, Meet the Natives, Coppers and The Family.
Lorraine Charker-Phillips is currently Commissioning Editor at Sky, where for the last two years she has been responsible for commissioning and overseeing factual entertainment formats and documentary series including Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, My Kitchen Rules, and The Town That Danced Again. The feature documentary commission How To Change The World, which she Executive Produced, has been selected as the opening film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Lorraine is also a BAFTA nominated Director and Series Producer.
The new label will sit within ITV Studios’ factual division Shiver. Simon will be Creative Director reporting to Alexander Gardiner, Managing Director, Shiver.
Alexander Gardiner said: “Simon is one of the industry’s most charismatic and consistently successful creative leaders. I’m delighted that with his appointment and that of Lorraine, two such big hitters are joining us here at Shiver. It’s a sign of our ambition for the company. Both are really dynamic, creative and fizzing with ideas. Life has suddenly become even more exciting.”
Julian Bellamy, Managing Director, ITV Studios UK said: “We want to welcome the very best creative talent in every genre to ITV Studios. Simon and Lorraine’s appointments are a fantastic example of this. I can’t wait to see the first programmes from Simon’s new label; both his and Lorraine’s impressive track records speak for themselves. “
Simon added: “When Julian and Alex told me about their ambitious plans for transforming Shiver, and I realised they planned to give me my own creative label to run, I felt a rush of excitement – matched only by the thrill I felt when Lorraine told me she wanted to come with me. She is a huge talent, and a forthright and joyful colleague. We’re both champing at the bit to get started.”
Lorraine said: “The opportunity to be working with Julian, Alex and Simon is such a thrilling and creative prospect. I’m hugely excited about getting stuck back into programme making again and it’s a real privilege to be part of such a dynamic team.”
Simon and Lorraine join Shiver in April.
In addition, Shiver Creative Director Mark Robinson has been promoted to Creative Director, Popular Factual recognising the expansion of his production slate. Sally Evans continues as Creative Director, Development across the whole Shiver label.