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Simon Raikes to join Red Planet

Simon Raikes to join Red Planet
Simon Raikes appointed as new Creative Director of Factual

We are excited to announce that Red Planet is launching a new factual division to be headed up by Simon Raikes.  Simon joins Red Planet from Channel 5 where he was Commissioning Editor, Factual since 2012.

Responsible for commissioning some of the channel’s biggest ratings and critical hits, Simon has overseen a wide range of documentary and factual programming including 10,000 BC, Miracle Babies, Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away and Inside Broadmoor.

The new division will develop a diverse range of non-scripted programming, initially concentrating on factual and factual entertainment formats when Simon takes up his new post in the summer.

Announcing the new strategy, Tony Jordan, said: “Red Planet Pictures has become synonymous with producing ratings-winning, ambitious and bold drama content but I don’t want to restrict us to one genre. We are in the business of stories – whether they are fictional or factual – it is about creating an engaging narrative.”