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Talent Television and Talent Films
Tony read Drama at the University of Exeter. After graduating in 1979 he ran a touring theatre company acting in, producing and directing a variety of theatre and theatre-in-education productions. In 1986, he joined Hightimes Productions format owner of the highly successful ITV situation comedy Me and My Girl, starring Richard O’Sullivan and created the situation comedy Brotherly Love for BBC Scotland written by Bernard McKenna. He then joined comedy producer Humphrey Barclay Productions where he subsequently became a company director. In eleven years at HBP he was involved in all of its major productions, including the long running situation comedy series Desmond’s for Channel Four and Surgical Spirit for ITV.
In 1997 he joined John Kaye Cooper at Talent Television, becoming its Managing Director in 1999. At Talent, Tony has overseen all of the company’s innovative productions including one of the first ‘reality’ shows The Villa (Sky One), break-through reality kid’s format Best of Friends (CBBC) and interactive, multi-platform format Test the Nation (BBC One), a Rose d’Or winner, a format he also sold to and consulted on in Japan. Moving back to comedy, Tony developed and is currently Executive Producer on a brand new 26 part Kid’s comedy series My Phone Genie, for ITV (UK) and ZDF (Germany) which Talent Television is co-producing with Moonscoop (France), Telegael (Ireland) and ZDF/ZDFE (Germany)
Tony recently completed his and Talent Films first theatrical feature Outside Bet (starring Oscar nominated Bob Hoskins) which will be released by Universal in April 2012.
Other recent television related activities include judging for the Rose d’Or Festival Luzern (2010, 2012), Chairman of CIFF (Cambridge International Format Forum 2009 and 2011), Judge for Royal Television Society Awards (2010 and 1011) and moderator at the Fresh Talent Pitch at MIP FORMATS 2010.