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BBC Studios hires 8Hours founder

BBC Studios (BBCS) has hired Adeline Ramage Rooney, the founder of LA-based indie 8Hours Television, as factual entertainment and events creative director at its Scotland base.

Adeline Ramage Rooney

Ramage Rooney will move to the Glasgow hub of the UK pubcaster’s commercial and production arm, which oversees content including Top Gear, Countryfile, The One Show and Dragon’s Den.

Reporting to Hannah Wyatt, MD for fact ent and events at BBCS Productions, Ramage Rooney will be charged with supporting growth in Scotland, winning more business and providing a strategic approach to delivering new and existing IP that can be produced from the nation.

She will also collaborate with the executive producers, series producers and heads of department across the division and continue to build upon and expand the fact ent and events division’s existing production slate.

Ramage Rooney recently returned to the UK after 11 years in LA, where she created, adapted and exec produced numerous US primetime network series, including Emergency Call for ABC and Hotel Hell, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior and Kitchen Nightmares for Fox.

She founded LA-based prodco 8Hours TV in 2018 after seven years as a creator and showrunner on multiple projects with Gordon Ramsay and All3Media’s One Potato Two Potato.

Ramage Rooney has also worked as a creative executive consultant, developing multiple US network, SVoD and cable projects with BBC Studios’ LA Unscripted team and premium content for Silicon Valley-based celebrity education platform MasterClass.com.

Prior to her US move in 2010, Ramage Rooney was a commissioning editor for Channel 4’s features department, overseeing the development and output of a high-profile slate of lifestyle shows including The F Word and Gordon’s Great Escape.

She had previously cut her teeth as a showrunner and producer/director on fact ent hits How to Look Good Naked, The Sex Education Show, You Are What You Eat and 10 Years Younger for C4, and MasterChef and Arrange Me a Marriage for the BBC.

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