ITN Productions bolsters factual programming with two new appointments

ITN Productions has made two new appointments strengthening its international and domestic factual businesses, it announced today. Mike Griffiths is joining as International Executive Producer and Claudine Parrish takes on the role of UK Factual Executive Producer.

Ian Rumsey, ITNP’s Managing Director of Television, said: “The past year has seen us show great resilience and character whilst producing more hours of TV than ever – achieving strong ratings and critical acclaim.

“It’s vital that we continue to build a team of outstanding talent that helps grow our business both in the UK and Internationally. Claudine and Mike are talented creatives with a gift and passion for making great programmes.”

Mike Griffiths joins ITN Productions with a wealth of experience in international production and programme development, most recently at Raw where he was VP of US Factual Programming.

Over the past decade, Mike has developed and overseen a diverse range of programmes, from National Geographic’s specialist factual adventures Eating with Cannibals and The Witchdoctor Will See You Now to Sky One’s Gadget Geeks and Auto Biography for Discovery Plus.

At Raw Mike created and produced the Discovery Channel’s returning hits Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine now in its fourth season, and Homestead Rescue, which is in its seventh season. Prior to that he was an award-winning producer of UK television hits such as Brainiac: Science Abuse and Relentless.  He will report into Ian Russell, Head of International Programmes.

Mike said: “The opportunity to join Ian and the dynamic team at ITN Productions is exciting. Their ability to make programmes that are both popular, creative and informative is impressive and I’m looking forward to helping the charge on the company’s international slate.”

Claudine Parrish joins ITN Productions in September with a highly impressive track record working for all the major UK broadcasters producing and directing a raft of popular documentaries, factual entertainment formats, current affairs and lifestyle features.

She said: “It’s a very exciting time to be joining one of the most thriving and trusted production companies in the business. I’m looking forward to working on such a diverse slate and helping to develop and craft a range of compelling, characterful and high-quality shows.”

Claudine is currently producing the revamped 20-part hit series of Married at First Sight for E4. Last summer she produced Inside Poundland, ITNP’s hit two-parter for Channel 4.  Her other credits include, Great British Menu for BBC2, A Berry Royal Christmas BBC1, The British Tribe Next Door for Channel 4, ITV2’s Educating Joey Essex,  Benefits by the Sea for C5 and the BBC documentary about the extraordinary community life in Ice Town: Life on the Edge.  Claudine will report into MD Ian Rumsey.

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