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Guy Freeman departs BBC to launch Livewire Pictures

BBC Studios editor will build co-venture with Hat Trick productions

Senior TV producer Guy Freeman is leaving the BBC to launch a new co-venture with Hat Trick Productions and talent agent Anita Land.

Freeman is editor, formats & special events at BBC Studios, and recently put together the BBC One New Year’s Eve concert featuring Nile Rodgers. He will leave the BBC in February.

He has also overseen the At The BBC series, the BBC’s Eurovision coverage and One Love: Manchester. Previous credits include the BRIT Awards, BBC Music Awards and Let It Shine. Freeman spent three years as controller music & events at ITV.

Jimmy Mulville, Hat Trick managing director, said: “Guy is a proven creative leader with an unrivalled track record in big entertainment shows. Announcing this bold new venture with him and Anita Land is the perfect way to start 2018.”

Freeman added: “At BBC Studios I’ve been lucky to have worked with some incredibly talented people, on a whole range of programmes that I’m extremely proud of. However, the chance to build a new company, creating more of the shows and events I love, at such a dynamic time in our business, with the support of Jimmy and Hat Trick, is simply too good to miss.”

Livewire Pictures will operate out of Hat Trick’s offices in Camden. Hat Trick International will have an exclusive distribution agreement with the company.