Rogers returns to U.K.

HOLLYWOOD — Joe Houlihan, deputy controller of factual programs at the U.K.’s Granada Television, is joining RDF Media as head of its Los Angeles office.

He takes over from Cathy Rogers, who founded and established RDF’s U.S. production arm three years ago. She is returning to the U.K.

Houlihan will report to RDF’s CEO David Frank and director of programs Stephen Lambert.

He is part of the senior management team of ITV’s largest factual department. ITV’s two major shareholders, Granada and Carlton, are in the process of merging.

Houlihan devised and is the executive producer of ITV’s long-running hit docu-soap “Airline” as well as being responsible for “Airline USA,” currently in production for A&E in the U.S.

With a core staff of 50, RDF makes programs for a wide range of U.S. broadcasters and cable nets including ABC, NBC, the WB, TLC, FX, Lifetime, Comedy Central, ABC Family, Spike and Court TV.

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