LONDON – June 12 2020 – It was announced today that Gill Wilson joins Avalon as Creative Director, Factual.
Wilson spent six years at Channel 4 as Head of Features and Daytime, overseeing a slate that included, George Clarke’s Old House New Home, Amazing Spaces, The Supervet, Escape to the Chateau, Great Canal Journeys, The Autistic Gardener, Julie Walter’s Coastal Railway Journeys, and Love It or List It, before spending a final year at the network consulting on nations and regions strategy. Starting her career as a producer at BBC Manchester, Wilson went on to co-found The Undateables producer Betty, joined Endemol for eight years as a format creator (Snog Marry Avoid and Hotter Than My Daughter), and worked at Spun Gold as Director of Formats and Features.
Jamie Isaacs, CEO at Avalon Factual, said: “Gill’s hugely impressive reputation for quality factual television that audiences love made me keen to collaborate with her for many years, and I couldn’t be more delighted she’s chosen to bring her exceptional creative energy to Avalon.”
Gill Wilson, Creative Director, Factual at Avalon, added: “I’m very excited to be working with Jamie and the team to develop our factual slate and to add to the company’s ground-breaking shows and formats.”
Avalon Factual shows include: Can I Improve My Memory? (Channel 4), Sugar Free Farm (ITV), Hard to Please OAPs (ITV), Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish (Dave), Dogs Behaving Badly (Channel 4), Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate The English? (A+E Networks), Dave Gorman: Terms and Conditions Apply (Dave), Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly (Channel 5), The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door (Channel 5), and Toddlers Behaving (Very) Badly (Channel 5).
Wilson will be based at the company’s London headquarters.
For more information, please contact:
Dan Lloyd at Avalon on 020 7598 7222 / DLloyd@avalonuk.com
Avalon is a multi-award-winning talent management, television production and live promotion group with offices in London, Los Angeles and New York.
The company represents a prolific roster of artists including comedians, actors, presenters, writers and directors and produces numerous ground-breaking television shows. Series currently in production include: Not Going Out (BBC), the UK’s longest running sitcom on air; Taskmaster (Channel 4), the hit entertainment format showing in 100 countries; multi Emmy-winner, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO); The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), the network’s most successful entertainment show launch since 2010; Starstruck, a new sitcom from the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo (HBO Max/BBC); Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, from creator Josh Thomas (Freeform); Breeders, a new sitcom starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard (FX/Sky); The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show (Netflix); new series of the iconic British satirical puppet show, Spitting Image (BritBox UK); and multiple comedy specials for Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and Netflix. Other landmark Avalon shows include BAFTA winning and multi Emmy nominated, Catastrophe (Amazon Prime Video/Channel 4), Fantasy Football League (BBC/ITV), multi BAFTA-winning TV Burp (ITV), and seven seasons of Workaholics (Comedy Central USA). Avalon also distributes its catalogue of programmes to over 150 countries worldwide.
As a leading promoter of live comedy, Avalon produced Newman and Baddiel: Live at Wembley, the UK’s first arena comedy show; Jerry Springer: The Opera, the first West End show to win all four UK ‘Best New Musical’ awards; and has continued to produce and promote live shows globally, as well as promoting more winners and nominees of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award than any other company.
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