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Cream ups James Farr, Jane Churchill-Smith to bolster development team

Toronto-based Cream Productions is stengthening its development team with promotions for James Farr and Jane Churchill-Smith and the return of former employee Zachary Frank.

James Farr

Farr has been elevated to executive VP of development, while Churchill-Smith has been upped to director of development and Frank has been named VP of development.

In his expanded capacity, Farr will oversee Cream’s development and continue to create and develop programming with a focus on true crime, history, pop culture and paranormal.

He has developed more than two-dozen projects since joining Cream more than a decade ago, including Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan (Netflix), History of the Sitcom (CNN), The Game Show Show (ABC) and The World Without Canada (History Canada).

Frank, meanwhile, spent seven years at Cream from 2015 to 2022 before moving to Blue Ant Studios as VP of unscripted development. During his time there, he oversaw the development of shows such as A Secret To Die For (CrimeTime) and was an exec producer on projects including Ghosting with Luke Hutchie and Matthew Finlan (CBC Gem).

Churchill-Smith began her career at Cream as a researcher on the premium CNN series History of the Sitcom.

Zachary Frank

Farr will continue to report to CEO David Brady and president Kate Harrison Karman, while Frank and Churchill-Smith will report to Farr.

Recently launched titles from Cream include An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Bloomberg, The Game Show Show for ABC and season two of Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life for Discovery+. The company also produced the Eli Roth-directed feature film Thanksgiving for Sony Pictures and Spyglass Media Group.

“For well over a decade, James has been integral to Cream’s success and building our reputation for memorable content. He’s an incredible developer with a keen eye for story and a steadfast dedication for unique access and IP,” said Brady.

“We are excited to welcome Zachary back – he’s a longtime collaborator with strong roots in true crime and the ability to find and chase incredibly unique stories.”

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