#Industry: Element Pictures hires Anna Ferguson as new head of TV Drama
Dublin-based production company Element Pictures has hired a new head of TV Drama. Anna Ferguson, formerly of Sky, will take up the role starting this autumn.
Ferguson most recently worked as executive producer on TV series Delicious, Tin Star and A Discovery Of Witches.
The hire of Ferguson comes as Element look to expand its international push into drama. She will work with the production team including in house producers, Emma Norton, Rosanne Flynn and Rory Gilmartin.
Element is an active co-producer on international television dramas which have been broadcast on the likes of BBC, ITV and Sky Previous productions include: The Silence, The Invisibles, Inspector George Gently and The Take with Company Pictures; When Harvey Met Bob with Great Meadow; Murphy’s Law IV & V with Tiger Aspect; Rough Diamond with World Productions; The Old Curiosity Shop with Carnival Films; Single Handed with Touchpaper Television; and Sherlock Holmes and The Baker Street Irregulars with RDF Media Group.
Closer to home, recent Element Pictures productions include the acclaimed TV3 drama Red Rock, which ran for 3 seasons; Rebellion a five part drama for RTE with Touchpaper Television; Charlie a three-part drama for RTÉ with Touchpaper Television; and Quirke, a 3 x 90’ period drama starring Gabriel Byrne based on the bestselling novels by Benjamin Black (aka John Banville) for the BBC. They are currently in pre-production on the 8 part The Dublin Murders, based on Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books, in association with the BBC, Euston Films, and Veritas Entertainment Group. It is due to shoot this autumn.
I’m delighted to be joining a company with such a strong reputation for backing talent and making truly unique content. Ed and Andrew’s vision for Element feels like a great fit as I move back into programme-making after a fantastic two years at Sky. I’m hugely excited by the creative challenge ahead.
Anna’s impeccable taste and brilliant development and production experience are exactly what we need to grow and build on our current slate of ambitious television drama.
Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, Founders – Element Pictures
The big Sky shows coming to air across the next year – from A Discovery Of Witches on Sky One to Gangs of London on Sky Atlantic – will be a fitting testament to Anna’s exceptional qualities as an Executive Producer and wonderful colleague. Anna has led the charge on some of our most valued and highly-rated shows and I know she will take Element Pictures from strength to strength. I can’t wait to work with her in her new capacity.
Anne Mensah, Head of Drama – Sky