Tuesday 31 January 2017 - LONDON. Katie McAleese, previously an executive producer at BBC Wales Drama and creative director for BBC Drama Production, has joined Big Light Productions Ltd as Creative Director.
McAleese will develop and produce original British dramas, taking an active role in the company’s future co-productions and pursuing opportunities for UK writers in the global marketplace.
Her arrival comes amidst a period of rapid growth for the London and Paris-based company. Big Light has launched high-profile international productions including the award-winning The Man in the High Castle for Amazon, Medici: Masters of Florence for Rai1 and Netflix, and Ransom for CBS, TF1, Global and RTL.
“Katie is deeply admired by writers and executives alike, and for good reason,” said Frank Spotnitz, Big Light's Chief Executive. “She’s incredibly bright and has impeccable taste. I couldn’t be more excited that she’s joining the team at Big Light.”
McAleese said, "Big Light has built an extraordinary presence in the international market with a track record of delivering series at scale and for putting the writer at the centre of what they do. I’m thrilled to be joining as the company enters an exciting new phase of growth in the UK.”
Founded in 2013, Big Light plays a unique role in the independent production sector, developing an ambitious slate of high-profile international drama whilst emphasising the importance of collaboration and encouraging both established and emerging writers to help produce their own material.
McAleese will work alongside Spotnitz, Chief Operating Officer Jamie Hall, Head of Drama Sharon (Houlihan) Remmer, and Development Producer Lorraine Sullivan.
At BBC Wales Drama, McAleese oversaw The Living and the Dead, a high-end original 6 x 60’ Victorian supernatural series for BBC1 and BBC America, created by Ashley Pharoah (creator of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes) and starring Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans). She developed a slate of original ideas for all BBC channels, working with a combination of established talent and rising stars.
She previously served as Creative Director for BBC Drama Production and was Executive Producer of the second series of the award-winning In the Flesh by Dominic Mitchell.
Before joining the BBC, she worked with Simon Vaughan to set up Lookout Point where she served as Head of Development , launching projects such as Ripper Street and Titanic.
Spotnitz’s previous credits include The X-Files, Hunted, Strike Back, Night Stalker, Robbery Homicide Division, The Lone Gunmen, Harsh Realm and Millennium.
Spotnitz founded Big Light to create and oversee a diverse slate of international television series including drama, comedy, and documentaries, and it has since become one of the fastest-growing independent production companies in Europe.
The company’s slate includes The Man in the High Castle, recently renewed for a third series; Medici: Masters of Florence, whose second series goes into production later this year, and Ransom, which debuted in January. The Indian Detective, starring comedy superstar Russell Peters, goes into production for CTV/Bell next month in South Africa, India and Canada.
Big Light recently announced support from Creative Skillset to nurture mid-range and emerging writing talent.