Liz Warner To Leave betty
Liz Warner is to leave betty, the company she founded in 2001.
The CEO leaves the production company in rude health with year on year growth and a healthy order book so far for 2015, including The Undateables and Ugly House for Channel 4 and with its first entertainment commission for ITV, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, currently transmitting.
Liz said: I have loved building a media business from scratch and I’m so proud of its creative achievements.With some of the best people in television we have built a quality brand and it breathes though all of betty's output.
“I know the senior team will continue to deliver brilliant, high quality programmes and maintain the company ethos of respect and diversity which is such an important part of what we do."
Liz leaves in April and her position will not be replaced. The business will be led by a strong senior management team who will report into creative director Neil Smith. betty will soon announce a director of programmes to join the senior team.
Lee Bartlett, president of Discovery’s Studios Group, said: "We will miss Liz’s energy, enthusiasm and determination to get things done. Her creative brilliance and leadership has taken betty from a small start-up to a company to one which employs more than 175 people. Under her stewardship, a strong leadership team has been developed which is well positioned to take the business forward, enabling it to continue to develop award-winning shows for audiences around the world. I am sure that we will work together again in the future."
Notes to editors:
Liz is a former commissioner for Channel 4 where she oversaw the first series of Big Brother, commissionedthe first Grand Designs, Location, Location, Location and River Cottage and gave Nigella, Nigel Slater, Kirstie Allsopp and Gordon Ramsay their TV debuts. She started her career in business journalism and moved into women's magazines.She has previously worked as the deputy head of the BBC's Youth and Entertainment department and was development executive for Chris Evans at Ginger. She has consulted for Waitrose and Virgin. She was recently awarded the 2014 CDN Diversity Champion.
In 2011 Betty was bought by Discovery Communications. Its shows have been sold to more than 63 countries worldwide and it supplies to major UK terrestrial broadcasters including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC three, ITV, Channel Four and Discovery.