Former BBC Films exec joins 'King's Speech' shingle

LONDON Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw Films is ramping up its TV business and has hired former BBC Films exec Jamie Laurenson as its head of television.

Laurenson, who formally joins See-Saw in July, will run development and oversee smallscreen productions.

He previously served as an exec producer for BBC Films, and was also a commissioning editor for drama for BBC4 for four years, where he developed “An Education,” “My Week With Marilyn” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” among others

See-Saw, the U.K. shingle behind “The King’s Speech” and “Shame,” is currently lensing Jane Campion’s six-part “Top of the Lake” series for BBC2, which BBC Worldwide will distribute.

“Iain and Emile have an incredible record in film and it’s thrilling to be invited to work with them as they move into television,” Laurenson said.

“Jamie is the perfect fit for our company,” added Canning and Sherman. “As an incredibly experienced film and television executive we are excited by his decision to focus solely on developing and growing our TV business.”

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