Mammoth Screen Appoints Managing Director


Mammoth Screen (The Serpent, World on Fire, Endeavour) has tapped Samantha McMillon to serve as its new managing director.

In her new position, McMillon will have a role across the development and production slates and help to foster new relationships in the U.K. and internationally to support the future growth of Mammoth. McMillon previously served as the commercial director for the in-house U.K. drama labels at ITV Studios, Mammoth’s parent company.

At Mammoth, McMillon will work alongside James Penny, who becomes CEO; Damien Timmer, who will become chief creative officer; and Jon Williams, chief operating officer.

In her commercial director role, McMillon worked across the slates of ITV Studios’ labels and producers including Silverprint Pictures, Happy Prince, Quay Street Productions, Tall Story Pictures, Jeff Pope and Patrick Spence’s studio. McMillon previously worked with ITV Studios’ distribution arm in its global content team.

Also joining Mammoth, Sheena Bucktowonsing has been appointed executive producer, working across such shows as World on Fire.

Timmer said: “Sam’s arrival marks the beginning of a new phase of Mammoth. Post-pandemic, we’re looking forward to making more ambitious and varied shows for a variety of buyers, and Sam is going to be key to that. The drama landscape has changed fundamentally in recent years, and we will gain from Sam’s expertise as a leader and from her experience piecing together production finance, maintaining talent relationships and increasing commercial value. With Sheena joining the creative team alongside Creative Director Rebecca Keane, Director of Television Helen Ziegler and Executive Producers Tom Leggett and James Gandhi, we’re excited about the range of shows entering production in the next 12 months.”

McMillon said: “I am delighted to be joining Mammoth at this exciting moment for the company. My real passion is facilitating storytelling on the local and international stage, and I cannot wait to begin working alongside Damien, James and Jon. They are a formidable trio, and I am excited to join them and the wider team to help realize Mammoth’s ambitious aims for the future.”