Seven West Media's content creation division Seven Studios has revealed plans to expand its international operations with the launch of a new UK studio venture.
Acting as the producer for "premium content in the region", Seven Studios UK will be led by current BBC Studios executive Damon Pattison.
Seven Studios UK joins Seven West Media’s growing content creation group, along with Great Southern Film & Television (Auckland), Slim Film & Television (London), Seven Studios Australia and 7Beyond (Los Angeles).
“We are very pleased to be opening the doors of Seven Studios in the UK with Damon, whose record as an outstanding creative executive and leader speaks for itself," Seven CEO Tim Worner said.
"He has consistently generated fantastic ideas and executed them with great success. At Seven Studios UK he will have the benefit of an IP flow from our entire group’s creative output which is already finding a growing global audience.”
As head of entertainment north at BBC Studios, London-based Pattison is responsible for several long-running series including A Question of Sport.
He has executive produced Top of The Box for Channel Five and co-created BBC daytime series The Boss and Home Is Where The Art Is. Prior to his current role, he was also creative director of development across BBC Studios.
"The opportunity to work for an international broadcaster of such repute was too good a chance to miss. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity, and I look forward to working with such a strong creative team to develop and produce new content at Seven Studios UK," Pattison said.
During his career, Pattison has also co-created and produced numerous formatted series including You Are What You Eat, Show Me the Monet, Secret Location, Food Chain, Word Play and School of Silence, as well as producing the series of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
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