Granada grabs TV exex for key posts

LONDON — Granada TV has poached two senior drama execs from rival ITV producer United Film & TV Prods., a move that confirms Granada’s status as the top production company in the ITV network.

Simon Lewis and Sue Hogg have been appointed controller and deputy controller of drama at Granada TV. They are currently controller of drama and executive producer, respectively, at UFTP, the production arm of the third-ranking ITV group.

“In Simon and Sue, we have secured the brightest pair of talents in commercial drama today,” said Peter Salmon, GTV’s director of programs. “Their unique yet complementary skills, together with their abilities to foster a creative and supportive environment for artists, writers and production talent, will ensure and exciting phase in the company’s growth.”

Granada recently set up an American production arm, which will launch its first U.S. network show this fall with the drama series “Cracker” on ABC.

Lewis and Hogg have been hired as a team to replace Gub Neal, who quit recently as GTV’s controller of drama to join Channel 4.

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