The announcement follows STV Productions’ appointment of Dan Korn as creative director earlier this year, with focus on specialist factual and popular factual series and specials.
Collins joins STV Productions from Oxford Scientific Films, where he worked as Head of Development, securing a broad range of factual commissions for BBC1 and 2, ITV, C4, Sky1 and Nat Geo Wild. His development credits include Animal Odd Couples, Wild Weather with Richard Hammond and the highly successful Secret life of…strand. Whilst at OSF he also produced the ITV Christmas Day special The Queen’s Garden.
Prior to this he worked across both production and development for a variety of indies and BBC Science, building an impressive portfolio in the factual and natural history genre with credits including Earth: A New Wild for PBS and Beautiful Minds for BBC4.
Peter Collins will be based at STV Productions’ office in London and report into creative director Dan Korn. He will take up his new role on 4th January 2016.
Collins said: “STV has an incredible reputation for pushing creative boundaries and, with Dan's unrivalled experience of factual programme making, it is a very exciting opportunity.”
Dan Korn said: “Peter has a very strong track record in the factual genre and I am thrilled about the creativity, skill and experience he will bring to the team. We all look forward to Peter joining us early next year.”
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About STV Productions
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for growth both domestically and internationally.
The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, entertainment and factual for a wide range of broadcasters. Ratings winner Antiques Road Trip has run for twelve series on the BBC, with a further five series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip also produced. In entertainment, the company produces Catchphrase for ITV, Safeword for ITV2, The Link for BBC Daytime and The Lie for STV, TV3 in Ireland and S4C in Wales.
Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1 and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2. Documentaries have been another strong growth area. Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Since then we have produced The Lockerbie Bombing for the Smithsonian Channel in the US and ITV, The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV, Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC4, and Prison: First and Last 24 hours, an 8 hour series for Sky1. Coming soon is Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2.
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series including Taggart and Rebus and intends to build on this solid reputation. In the last five years it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV. It currently has script commissions from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
STV Productions has a partnership with Red Arrow International which co-invests in and co-develops projects as well as distributing STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats, outside the UK.
In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with Group M Entertainment Ltd to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.