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C4, Hera alum fills Red development role

StudioCanal-owned UK drama prodco Red Production Company has hired former Channel 4 and Hera Pictures exec Chloe Dunbar as head of development.

Chloe Dunbar

Dunbar will report to Sarah Doole and is the first senior appointment made by Doole since she became CEO in October last year.

She replaces Davina Earl, who rose through script editor roles to become Red’s head of development in March 2019 but left in January this year.

Dunbar will be responsible for developing and implementing Red’s development strategy, originating and pitching new project ideas and taking projects into production for both UK and global audiences. She will start next week.

Dunbar joins Red from Hera Pictures, where she was head of development, responsible for growing and expanding the slate and nurturing relationships with new and established talent behind and in front of the camera across the UK, Europe and the US.

Having joined Hera as its first employee in 2017, she is credited with originating and developing the company’s first greenlit returnable series, Temple, which has recently finished shooting its second series for Sky.

Before that, Dunbar was a drama development executive for commercially funded public broadcaster Channel 4.

Doole was placed in charge of the Manchester-based Red, the producer of dramas including It’s a Sin and Last Tango In Halifax, after founder Nicola Shindler left to launch a scripted prodco with ITV Studios.

Doole said: “Chloe is an exceptional operator with brilliant editorial judgement, strong industry relationships and a thorough understanding of the television market here in the UK and internationally. She adds to this a great track record in growing high-end, boldly original drama projects, which fits perfectly with Red’s ambition.”

Dunbar added: “Some of my most formative and exhilarating experiences of drama were forged on the sets of Red shows in my earlier career. To me it is a company that has always been synonymous with exceptional writing, utter boldness and vision, so I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Sarah and the team as they create this ambitious next chapter in Red’s history and develop a new raft of distinctive and memorable series with the very best drama talent around.”

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