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Element Pictures Appoint New Head of TV Development
18 Jul 2019 : News Desk
Element Pictures
Twice Oscar-nominated production company Element Pictures (Room, The Favourite) have appointed former Channel 4 exec Jonny Richards as the new head of TV development, effective immediately.

Richards will oversee the continued push into small screen being explored by the Dublin and London-based production company, expanding its development slate for the UK, U.S. and international market. Richards will be reporting to recently appointed head of television, Anna Ferguson at the Element Pictures London Office.

The film company’s growing TV slate includes BBC-Hulu drama Normal People, the adaption of Sally Rooney’s hit novel, and The Dublin Murders for BBC and Starz.

Richards was previously a drama commissioning executive, overseeing several successful projects on the small screen including BAFTA-nominated anthology On The Edge, upcoming six-part drama Baghdad Centraland critically acclaimed single film Brexit: The Uncivil Warwhich was recently nominated for an Emmy Award, as well as overseeing Channel 4’s new writer scheme, 4Screenwriting.  

Speaking to Deadline on the appointment, Richards said:

“I’ve long admired Element Pictures’ work and am delighted to be joining the company as it grows its original TV output. It’s a privilege to be working with Ed, Andrew, Anna and a team that is passionate about bringing unique voices to the screen.”

Element Pictures added:

“We are incredibly proud of our achievements with our feature films, and we are excited to bring the same authentic and visually unique qualities to our television dramas. Jonny has an incredible development track record and a brilliant eye for discovering distinctive and engaging stories, so we are thrilled that he has joined the team to build our current slate and deliver world-class ambitious drama.”   

Elements next television project, Dublin Murders,is expected to release later in 2019. 




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