Betty Appoints New Director Of Programmes

betty has appointed Duncan Coates, the executive producer of Long Lost Family and The Gift, to the newly created role of director of programmes.

Duncan joins betty at the beginning of May from Wall to Wall where he has worked for five years. His exec producer credits also include the ITV adoption series Wanted: A Family of My Own. Prior to Wall to Wall he worked at Twenty Twenty Productions and RDF where he was responsible for Secret Millionaire, Bad Lads Army and Brat Camp.

Duncan will oversee production at betty and report into creative director Neil Smith who heads up the company following the departure of CEO Liz Warner. betty has also recently appointed executive producers Eve Kay, Kathleen Larkin and Tom Sheahan. The new appointments come at a time of year on year growth for betty with orders so far for 2015 including The Undateables , Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and Ugly House for Channel 4 and series two of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive for ITV.

Neil said: “Duncan makes first-class popular factual shows. With his dedication to compelling storytelling and his ability to make tricky subject matter entertaining , added to his absolute love of craft, he’ll help our betty exec team to deliver the high-quality programmes we’re known for as we innovate year on year.”

Duncan said: “I am delighted to be joining a company with such a remarkable track record in creating innovative programmes. betty has always been a place for brave moves and I’m looking forward to embracing that spirit and helping to lead the company to even greater success in the future.”

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