Chris Sutherland has been confirmed as the new chief operating officer at Big Light Productions. The independent production company was founded in 2013 and has been responsible for renowned dramas such as The Man In The High Castle, Medici and the forthcoming Leonardo.
Starting on 1st September, Sutherland will oversee the company’s operations, strategic partnerships and project financing from the London office. He takes over from Oliver Lang, who is stepping down from the position at the end of the month.
Frank Spotnitz, founder and CEO of Big Light as well as executive producer and writer, said, “Chris is a fantastic addition to our team. He has a proven track record in growing businesses and creating innovative strategies, solid relationships in the industry and an incredible wealth of production experience. His expertise and experience will be invaluable to Big Light as we continue to grow, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Sutherland added, “It is an honour to be joining Frank and his talented team at Big Light. Frank is an exceptional writer and producer, and the quality of drama from Big Light is outstanding; distinctive, thought-provoking, and beautifully crafted. It is an exciting time for the company, and I am looking forward to contributing towards its future success.”
Sutherland was previously commercial investment director at The Ingenious Group (Media), where he led the TV division, which produced and financed recent hits White House Farm (ITV), Britannia (Sky), Black Summer (Netflix) and Marcella (ITV/Netflix). During his time at Motion Content Group as head of programmes and production UK, he oversaw the UK’s content investment strategy and production management across a portfolio of content including Love Island (ITV), The Circle (C4/Netflix) and Wild Things (Sky). Sutherland has also held roles at Zodiak Media Group, BBC, Fremantle and Argonon.