BYO Films Hires Head of Development


All3Media-backed indie Build Your Own (BYO) Films has tapped Natasha Phillips as head of development to manage and grow its slate of scripted and non-scripted programs.

Phillips is the first hire for co-CEOS Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen since partnering with All3Media in March.

Phillips joins from the Ink Factory, where she spent two years as development producer. She developed global TV and film projects and worked with emerging writers from diverse backgrounds on new talent initiatives. Prior to that, she spent more than two years as head of development at Various Artists Limited, where she script-edited the series I May Destroy You and developed multiple projects for linear broadcasters and streamers.

From 2012 to 2017, Phillips worked at Channel 4 as script editor then commissioning executive across a broad range of dramas, including The Mill, Southcliffe, The Fear, Utopia, Humans, Coalition, Skins, Misfits and Youngers.

McClure and Owen said: “Natasha’s commitment to developing new talent and her deep experience of working with established writers chimed perfectly with our ambitions for BYO. She is a passionate advocate for emerging voices, and, this, coupled with her deep experience and incredible drive, makes her a brilliant asset to BYO as we seek to attract the best new and experienced writers and talent.”

Phillips added: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Vicky and Jonny at BYO. Their vision for the company is rooted in excellence, opportunity and inclusivity. They have brilliant creative and production experience, and I’m looking forward to being part of their success story.”