The Scottish division of one of the UK's best-known independent TV production companies has appointed a head of factual programming.
Glasgow-based Shed Media Scotland has taken on Ed Levan, the current head of development at Ricochet, also part of the Shed Media group. Says a media release issued yesterday: “[He] will embark on his new position as head of factual this month, spearheading a new TV production department at the Scottish branch of the super indie.”
The release continues: “Levan’s arrival heralds a new regional focus for the company as part of the evolving Shed Media strategy, bringing TV production in line with the rest of the Scottish office’s output.”
Levan started his career over six years ago at Ricochet where he started as a researcher, then quickly ascended through the ranks to development, developing and casting Supernanny for Channel 4 where his claim to fame was plucking Jo Frost from obscurity to global fame.
After the first series of Supernanny in the UK, he moved to LA to work on the first American series of Supernanny for ABC then returned to the UK to direct It's Me or The Dog and Supernanny for Channel 4.
Then came producer and director credits on the award-winning Blood Sweat and T Shirts for BBC3 which has since become an ongoing franchise and international best seller.
His most recent credit is as senior producer on Cowboy Builders for Five.
Says Nick Southgate, Shed Media chief executive: “Ed’s exactly the right person for this role. He’s entrepreneurial, full of ideas and an extremely talented programme maker. I have every confidence that he is going to make a huge success of our factual output from Scotland. Shed Media is 100 per cent committed to our Scottish hub. We’ve had fantastic help from Scottish Enterprise, for which I thank them, and we look forward to growing the business and creating a raft of new hit shows.”