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Phil Collinson

Phil Collinson joined ITV Studios in 2010 and as Producer on Coronation Street he has editorial and strategic responsibility for the programme, he manages storylines, scripts, visual style and is responsible for the management of cast, writers and directors. Phil leads all story conference and script meetings, overseeing the development of storylines and the scripts. Viewings are attended by Phil to make any necessary changes during the final edit, dubbing and graphics stages of post production. Phil is also involved with casting and publicity along with managerial meetings within the Coronation Street department and ITV. Phil was previously the Head of Drama for the BBC in Manchester. In 2005 he was part of the team who brought Dr Who back and produced the show to 2008.

Kieran Roberts

Kieran's credits as producer include: children’s drama The Ward which won a BAFTA and was nominated for an International Emmy; hit ITV1 series At Home with the Braithwaites which was also nominated for an International Emmy; Emmerdale which won the BAFTA for best soap in 2000 and Coronation Street which won RTS and BAFTA awards for best soap/best continuing drama in 2002 an 2003 and pulled in nearly 20 million viewers during the Richard Hillman story. Since 2005 he has been running ITV Studios' Manchester drama department. His credits as executive producer include Mobile, Cold Blood, Blue Murder, Britannia High and Boy Meets Girl. Kieran is also now executive producer of Coronation Street which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year. One of the many projects Kieran oversaw as part of the fiftieth celebrations was The Road To Coronation Street, which told the amazing true story of the birth of Coronation Street. The film was shown on BBC4 to huge critical acclaim and has since picked up several prestigious awards including BAFTA and RTS awards for best single drama and a gold medal at the New York Film and Television Festival.

John Whiston

John Whiston is Creative Director, Serial Dramas responsible for Coronation Street and Emmerdale. John started his career at the BBC producing arts programmes for strands such as Bookmark, Timewatch, Omnibus and The Late Show including award winning documentaries such as Absurdistan and Naked Hollywood. Moving to Manchester to head up the ‘yoof’ department John built up a broad slate of BBC programming in the North from The Sunday Show to Red Dwarf, from Mrs Merton to Mastermind. Moving to Yorkshire to become Director of Programmes, he helped nurture important ITV shows such as Emmerdale, A Touch of Frost and Heartbeat. As well as growing Emmerdale from 3 episodes to 6, he also launched some of ITV’s most popular dramas including The Royal, At Home With The Braithwaites, Fat Friends and the Emmy winning Lost For Words. He then moved west and took responsibility for Coronation Street, and later all of ITV Production’s drama such as Poirot, Marple, Prime Suspect, Cracker, Blue Murder, Lewis and the Oscar winning feature film, The Queen. A further move saw him become responsible for all of ITV Studio’s (as it was renamed) UK production, including amazing hits such as GMOOH, Dancing On Ice and Come Dine With Me as well as attending the birth of some significant new ones such as The Chase. Now working with two of the most talented production teams in the UK, he reckons he has the best job in Television - not least because it comes with the nickname The Pope of Soap.