David Brindley, currently the BBC’s head of commissioning for popular factual and factual entertainment, is joining Twofour in the role of chief creative officer.
Brindley will be joining the label next year, with responsibility for devising and implementing its creative strategy. At the BBC, Brindley has been overseeing commissions for BBC One, Two and Three, totaling over 350 hours of content a year. His department’s commissions over the past three years at the BBC include Race Across the World, Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, The Murder of Jill Dando, War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita, Your Home Made Perfect, Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls and The Rap Game UK.
Brindley rounds out the new senior management team at Twofour that was unveiled by Tim Carter, CEO of the ITV Studios labels MultiStory Media and Twofour, today. Dan Adamson (The Hotel Inspector, Beat the Chef), group director of programs at Twofour since 2010, is promoted to managing director and will work alongside Brindley across the label on strategy.
Creative Director David Clews (the Educating series, Real Marigold Hotel, Ibiza Weekender) will continue working across Twofour in a new consultancy role, remaining exclusive to the label in non-scripted programming but with the flexibility to pursue broader scripted opportunities. The new-look team is completed by Rachel Innes-Lumsden (Save Money: Lose Weight, Matt Allright’s Housing Scandal), newly promoted director of programs for Twofour West; Sam Grace, director of programs leading the charge at the Cardiff-based Boomerang; Shireen Abbott, group director of production; and Jake Roberts, who has been promoted to financial director.
“Over the past couple of years,” said Carter, “David has transformed popular factual at the BBC into an incubator for bold, contemporary, global formats. The creative ambition he’s championed is the perfect match for Twofour. He joins a best in class team. Dan Adamson is an outstanding creative manager, who along with David Clews has been at the heart of Twofour’s greatest hits over the past decade.”
Brindley said: “I’ve had the best three years imaginable at the BBC and the chance to work with the absolute cream of the crop of TV talent, both on screen and off. It’ll be hard to leave everyone who has been so supportive of me and made my time so enjoyable especially Alison and my top-notch commissioning team. I’ve loved the chance to create some hopefully memorable television with Charlotte, Patrick and Fiona, but the opportunity to set my sights back on production and taking the reins at Twofour will be a dream job and a real privilege. I’m so looking forward to leading the super talented team there in what promises to be an exciting new chapter for the company.”
Adamson added: “David Brindley returning as the CCO marks a really exciting time for the Twofour Group as we start a new chapter. He won an Emmy when he was last at Twofour and I can’t wait to start working alongside him and with our great teams in Plymouth, Cardiff and London.”
Clews said: “I’ve had an amazing time at Twofour, working with the industry’s top talent. We’ve created some of the most talked-about and landmark shows on TV and I’m thrilled to be part of Twofour’s next defining chapter, whilst also having the opportunity to pursue my drama ambitions.”