Gail Harman has been appointed Creative Director, Development, ITV Studios Entertainment, joining Angela Jain's team to lead the creation of brand new formats and entertainment shows for a UK and international audience. Harman was mostly recently at Tuesday's Child Television as Head of Development, Entertainment her credits include You're Back in the Room and For What it's Worth.
Martin Lau has been appointed to Harman's team as Development Executive. Previously, he was Senior Development Producer at Tellycopter, NBC Universal International Studios' central unscripted development unit, which is responsible for developing formats audiences around the world.
Meanwhile Tom McLennan has been promoted to Director of Entertainment, North taking responsibility for ITV Studios' slate of 800 hours of entertainment produced each year in the region including Judge Rinder, Countdown, University Challenge, The Jeremy Kyle Show and You've Been Framed.
Angela Jain, Managing Director, ITV Studios Entertainment said: "This is a terrific department with a phenomenal output. In Gail I believe we have found, a creative thinker who can take charge of the next wave of new programmes. We are genuinely excited about the impact she will have and look forward to welcoming her to the family.”
She added: “Our ITV Studios team in the North is very important to us and to signal the next wave of growth and leadership we have appointed Tom to an expanded role. His achievements are not just in launching new shows but also setting them up for long-term success. He has been a fantastic ambassador for the North, so this really is the natural next step for him. Along with Martin’s appointment our team is now on its way and well placed for the exciting times ahead.”
Harman has also been instrumental in the development of long-running shows including Take Me Out, Eggheads, Coach Trip; plus The Weakest Link – the award winning format which went on to run for eleven years and was made in over 40 countries. Harman’s early career was spent at BBC Entertainment where she was part of the team under David Young, who created The Weakest Link. Harman then joined Young at start-up 12 Yard Productions, now part of ITV Studios.
McLennan began his career at ITV in 2000, he created The Jeremy Kyle Show in 2005. As Executive Producer he has gone on to oversee over 2,500 episodes across 13 series and garnered numerous awards including five Daytime TV Choice Awards. McLennan also launched The Jeremy Kyle Show US , the syndicated programme was based in New York and ran for two series. His wide slate of productions span factual entertainment and entertainment and include Judge Rinder, Kyle Files, Jeremy Kyle’s Emergency Room and Crime Stories.
Harman said: "ITV Studios is an entertainment powerhouse and I’ve been enjoying their shows as a viewer for years. I’m enormously excited to be joining Angela and her hugely talented team to create new formats that can keep the nation, and audiences further afield, watching."
McLennan said: "I'm excited about the future of Manchester, we've doubled ITV Studios entertainment output in the past four years and have some new exciting shows in the pipeline. The team here in Manchester are some of the best in the business and working together we will carry on growing the North West business."