Creative Direction

Shiver is excited to announce it has appointed BBC Entertainment’s Head of Factual Entertainment Development, Richard Hastings to the new role of Creative Director for Factual Entertainment, Formats and Daytime.

Hastings, the inventor of factual hits including BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, BBC2’s The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off and BBC3’s Young Talent Of The Year, will be tasked with developing and producing new factual entertainment programming at Shiver, ranging from returning formats to factual-led entertainment for UK and international broadcasters. He will report to Shiver’s Managing Director, Alexander Gardiner, and joins the company in August.

Alexander Gardiner said: “Richard’s a charismatic and tenacious salesman, who brings great energy and focus to creating inspired factual entertainment formats and winning commissions. We already produce Europe’s most screened format, Come Dine With Me, and with Richard’s extensive experience, talent and leadership we intend to develop many more internationally-appealing, long-running format successes.”

Richard Hastings added: “I’m incredibly excited about joining a company with the ambition of Shiver and having the opportunity to create amazing new formats that can travel all over the world. Factual entertainment and daytime formats is where my heart is – this really is my dream job and I can’t wait to get started.”

Hastings joins Shiver from BBC Entertainment, where as the Head of Factual Entertainment Development / Executive Producer he was responsible for winning BBC commissions and investment from BBC Worldwide. He developed series including The 999 Awards, When I Get Older, Wildest Dreams, Home Away From Home and Your Home In Their Hands for BBC1; All Roads Lead Home, The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off, Antiques Master and The Toys That Made Christmas for BBC2 and Don’t Drop The Baby, Young Talent Of The Year and Shoplife! for BBC3.

Before working at the BBC, Hastings was Head of Development at Prospect Pictures, where he led the team responsible for shows like Saturday Kitchen (BBC1), Take Away My Takeaway (C4) and the RTS award-nominated Call Me A Cabbie (ITV). Prior to this, Hastings held development and production roles at a range of production companies, including RDF (The Daily Planet for C4), Princess Productions (Light Lunch, Late Lunch and Show Me The Money for C4) and LWT (Michael Barrymore’s My Kind Of Music for ITV).

Richard Hastings will sit alongside Mark Robinson, Creative Director of Popular Factual and Simon Dickson, who recently joined Shiver as Creative Director of a new label specialising in factual series and formatted documentaries.