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Paula Trafford to head up KEO North for six months
Paula Trafford, Head of Popular Factual and Features at KEO films, is to take charge of KEO North in Scotland for an interim period of six months.
In a move designed to drive growth and ensure closer links between KEO North and London, Paula (pictured above) will divide her time between Glasgow and London in the new year.
"We are thrilled to have someone of Paula's calibre and talent bring her enormous London experience and drive to KEO North," said Debbie Manners, Managing Director of KEO films.
"It's a huge opportunity to create some genuinely innovative programming and further develop fantastic talent to Glasgow."
Paula intends to make the most of opportunities north of the border: "It's crucial to understand the way Scotland works and access its unparalleled talent and resources," she commented.
"That's why I will be spending time in both offices, ensuring I can deliver the best of both worlds - and hopefully produce some amazing new work."
Paula is a multi award-winning Executive Producer with credits in live television (studio/OB), documentaries, features, and popular factual entertainment programming.
Before working in the Indie sector she was an Executive at the BBC and ITV where as Editor of ITV’s flagship magazine show This Morning she steered the team to Royal Television Society success.
She was Editorial Advisor on the multi-million pound bid for the ground breaking Big Breakfast and helped devise programming for Granada Sky Broadcasting's lifestyle channels.
She has five Royal Television Society awards in total, winning prizes for the world-exclusive documentary Diana: My Sister, The Princess (in which she secured access to the Spencer family in the wake of Diana’s death for BBC1), Adam Ant: The Madness of Prince Charming (for Channel 4), The Real Lena Zavaroni (Channel 4), Goodbye, God Bless (BBC1) and the critically-acclaimed John Lennon Night (Channel 4).
Paula has been charged with growing a new Features and Popular Factual Department at KEO films and in her first year has attracted high profile talent such as Victoria Wood and secured new business in excess of £3.5million.
In 2011 she developed Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure, a four-part series for BBC2 plus More4's recent four-parter, Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast.
She has also produced the highly-anticipated The Great British Cuppa with Victoria Wood, due to air on BBC1 early in 2013.