Simon Raikes to join Red Planet
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.”