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Stein series producer plans to broaden TV output

By WMNCBarnes  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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The television production company behind Rick Stein and Keith Floyd’s culinary odysseys has appointed the former head of development of Who Wants to be a Millionaire producer Celador to its team.

Gareth Davies has joined Plymouth based Denhams as its new head of development as it looks to broaden its programme output.

Mr Davies was formerly head of development at Celador Productions and an executive and series producer for the BBC, ITV, and other production companies. He has had series commissioned in a broad range of genres for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Five.

Mr Davies will be based in London and working alongside Denhams' managing director Grace Kitto and director of development Jill Lourie, to develop new factual entertainment broadcast feature ideas and strengthen the company’s relationships with talent and commissioning editors.

He said: “We've got some exciting projects in development that we're looking forward to putting into production.”

Ms Kitto added: “We’re delighted to have Gareth on board. His experience and energy are a fantastic addition to our development team and we’re optimistic about his ability to help us to expand into new areas.”

As well as television programming, Denhams also produces commercial ‘bumpers’ – seen sandwiched between programmes and advert breaks – and online branded content for clients.

Its digital team recently won a commission from tea, coffee and hot chocolate brand Whittard to produce five YouTube films.

The digital team has also been commissioned to deliver a raft of new and repackaged video content for AXA PPP healthcare’s newly re-launched YouTube channel.

The films cover a wide range of medical issues, from explaining certain treatments and procedures to highlighting some of the services and benefits of AXA’s private healthcare cover.

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