Working in close collaboration with STV Productions Head of Drama, Sarah Brown, Elaine will build a slate of distinctive, high quality, writer led shows, including a raft of projects set in Scotland.
The move will enable STV Productions' drama team to turbo charge its development efforts, as it moves into production on The Victim, its returnable four-part drama recently commissioned by BBC1, which will film in Scotland early next year.
Elaine, whose own company is called Tod Productions, was previously a Producer and Executive Producer at ITV Studios. There, she optioned Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope novels which she then developed and produced as Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn. The ITV1 hit show is currently filming its eighth series. She was also responsible for developing and executive producing three series of the hugely successful BBC1 crime drama Shetland starring Douglas Henshall. Most recently, Elaine was Creative Director at BBC Drama.
STV Productions Head of Drama, Sarah Brown, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Elaine on this exciting new venture. She is hugely respected in the industry thanks to her fantastic writer relationships, terrific development brain, and impeccable taste. Her track record making shows which are so loved and admired will give a fantastic boost to our ambitions to grow our drama business and to build on our past successes as a leading producer of top quality drama both north and south of the border”.
Elaine Collins said: “I’m very much looking forward to teaming up with Sarah and STV Productions. Our shared ambition to work with the very best screenwriting talent, provide a home for the most original novels, both historical and contemporary, and our passionate commitment to producing top quality work from Scotland and beyond, makes it feel like the perfect home for me.”
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About STV Productions
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth.
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 fourteen series on the BBC, along with a further six series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. The commissioning of a further four series of Antiques Road Trip was recently announced for BBC One and a seventh series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip for BBC Two In entertainment, the company has produced five series of Catchphrase for ITV, and two series of Safeword for ITV2, as well as new reality format Tour de Celeb for Channel 5 and The Dressing Room for UKTV’s entertainment channel W.
Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2 and Life After: Chernobyl for Animal Planet US.
In documentaries, Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2, commemorating one of the most tragic days in Scotland’s modern history, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary.
Other STV Productions documentaries include: Prison: First and Last 24 hours, with a second eight-part series on Sky1; Scotland and the Battle for Britain presented by Andrew Marr for BBC Two; The Lockerbie Bombing for the Smithsonian Channel and ITV; The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV; Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC4; The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel; and Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, which won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The latest STV documentary commission, for ITV’s autumn 2017 ‘Crime & Punishment’ series, is the film Ross Kemp In Jail – Inside Barlinnie.
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series including Taggart and Rebus with ambitions to build on this reputation. In the last five years it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV. In August, it secured a four-part thriller for BBC One, The Victim, which will be filmed in Scotland early next year.
STV Productions works with a number of leading international sales agents that distribute STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats outside the UK.
In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with Motion Content Group to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.