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Wildflame Productions hires former Off the Fence creative exec Allison Bean

Wales-based factual indie Wildflame Productions has appointed former Off the Fence (OTF) chief creative officer Allison Bean as its creative director.

Allison Bean

Bean will be tasked with driving international growth at the company, expanding Wildflame’s partnerships with international broadcasters worldwide as well as in the UK.

The exec begins her role in January 2023 and will report to Wildflame CEO Paul Islwyn Thomas.

At OTF, Bean spent 16 years growing the firm’s production capability, most recently under the title of chief creative officer.

Under her stewardship, the Amsterdam-based distributor created OTF Productions in Bristol as well as more recently launching its digital offering OTF Fast, and commercial arm OTF Studios.

Paul Islwyn Thomas

Bean’s appointment continues to grow Wildflame’s senior team following the hire of Connie Fisher, who was appointed head of development in October.

Executive producer Catrin Mair Jones, meanwhile, will lead on all Welsh-language programming for S4C and exec a wide range of factual output for the company.

Wildflame Productions’ portfolio of shows includes: three-part series Brink of Disaster (Discovery+); BBC factual entertainment format Dare to Dance, with Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden; and Yellowstone Supervolcano: American Doomsday (Discovery+).

Founded in 2015 by Islwyn Thomas, in June 2020 the company returned to being wholly independent after exiting Flame Media Group.

Islwyn Thomas said: “Allison is a major figure in the international production and distribution industry, helping to build a business from its inception to an internationally renowned powerhouse of factual production. She brings a wealth of experience and her track record of taking a company to new heights bodes well for what we are aiming to achieve here at Wildflame.”

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