LONDON — Working Title Television U.K. is bolstering its development team with the hire of Surian Fletcher-Jones as head of development and Georgina Gordon-Smith as development executive.
Fletcher-Jones was former head of drama development at Channel 4, where she oversaw a raft of leading scripted productions including “Indian Summers,” “Cucumber” and “Banana.” Previously, she was head of drama development at Scott Free Films, where she worked on an adaptation of author Kate Mosse’s “Labyrinth” for Channel 4. She has also acted as a script editor for BBC Drama on productions including Bafta- and Golden Globe-nominated “Blackpool” and Emmy-winning “Little Dorrit.”
Gordon-Smith joins from United Agents, where she was a founding member and partner, representing a number of screenwriters while heading up the book-to-film department. Predominantly focused on selling books, scripts and treatments, she was also responsible for developing and managing the careers of a group of writers.
Based in London, the new hires will work with Woodhead to develop high-end scripted British programming with wide international and commercial appeal, building on the U.K. business’ existing credits including “You, Me and the Apocalypse” and “London Spy.” The team will also work closely with Working Title’s Film and U.S. Television’s business, led by President Andrew Stearn. They will also work in unison with NBCUniversal International Studios, led by Michael Edelstein and JoAnn Alfano.
“I am thrilled to have Surian and George joining me on this great adventure,” Woodhead said in a statement. “I have worked with them both over the last few years in my role as an independent producer and was always so impressed with their creative instinct and generosity of spirit. They are both a great fit for the business and together we are excited about the opportunities and challenges ahead.”