StudioCanal has hired Sarah Doole to lead its Manchester-based Red Production Company as CEO.
Doole takes over from Nicola Shindler. She will oversee Red’s development and production slate in the U.K. and work with Studiocanal’s management team to drive the company’s U.K. and international growth strategy. She will also be responsible for expanding Red’s creative talent roster to deliver new projects, and fostering further collaboration within the Studiocanal group.
Sarah will start on Oct. 5. She was formerly Fremantle’s director of global drama, a position she held since 2013. While there, she oversaw a portfolio of high-end international scripted projects that include the “Deutschland” trilogy, “The Young Pope”, “My Brilliant Friend” and “The Salisbury Poisonings.”
Prior to Fremantle, Doole was creative director of drama and head of indie drama at BBC Worldwide (now BBC Studios), where her roster of award-winning shows included Sherlock, Gavin & Stacey, Call the Midwife, Misfits and Life on Mars.
She began her career at Yorkshire Television, working on a slate of documentaries, peak-time entertainment series and kids’ programming, including Yorkshire Television’s first youth series, Intoview, and ground-breaking documentaries such as China Rising and Red Empire.
“I’m delighted to be joining Red which has a second-to-none portfolio of drama productions,” Doole said in a statement. “As a proud Northerner I am extremely keen to protect Red’s strong heritage. I’m so looking forward to working with the Red team and, with the support of Studiocanal, to creating a wide range of new, diverse, and inclusive storytelling to sit under the big Red umbrella.”
Anna Marsh, CEO of StudioCanal, said: “Sarah’s creative drive and exceptional scripted experience make her the perfect choice for this significant role. We have big ambitions for Red and we know Sarah will help the company step up to the next level to become an even stronger international player.”
Marsh added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nicola Shindler for her outstanding contribution to Red Production and our business.”
In August, Doole announced the launch of Sow the Seed, an incubator company focusing on new talent and underrepresented voices across drama, comedy, entertainment and documentaries, through TV, podcast, music, literature and art and fashion. She is currently in advanced talks with Red’s owner to bring the new company into the StudioCanal fold to be an incubation hub for diverse voices across Europe.