14 Dec 2015



Leon Wilson, Managing Director, Talkback (part of FremantleMedia UK), today confirms Ed Sleeman will return to Talkback as Creative Director in January 2016. 

Sleeman joins from the BBC where he was Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer on a slate of hit shows including: The John Bishop Show (BBC 1); Murder in Successville, Asian Provocateur, The Fear,  I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse (BBC Three);  Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC 2). 

Leon Wilson, Managing Director, Talkback comments: “I’m delighted to have persuaded Ed to return to his Talkback roots.  As Creative Director he will be involved in all our programming and exec key shows such as Through the Keyhole, as well helping us shape and develop our new slate.” 

Ed Sleeman adds: “"I am really looking forward to joining Talkback as Creative Director at what feels like a very exciting time in the company's history. Talkback produces an enviable list of talked about shows and I can't wait to start working on the existing slate and also help create more. I've had a great couple of years with the BBC and want to wish them the best of luck with the launch of BBC Three Online."

Sleeman worked at Talkback from 200X till 2014 in roles including Series Producer on Celebrity Juice (ITV2) and Sweat The Small Stuff (BBC Three) as well as working extensively in development. 

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For further information please contact:

Tamsyn Zietsman, Acting Head of Publicity and Corporate Communications, FremantleMedia UK

Tel:  0207 691 6137

Notes to Editors:

Talkback is headed up by Leon Wilson, one of the UK’s leading creative talents.  Continuing a rich history extending into four decades, the label is focused on creating quality comedy shows across all genres. Currently producing shows including the acclaimed QI, multi-award winning Celebrity Juice, Through the Keyhole, Virtually Famous, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, Glitchy and the recent Keith Lemon’s Back to the Future Tribute.  Talkback attracts millions of viewers every year and continues to feature and develop some of the UK's leading comedy entertainment.

Talkback is part of FremantleMedia UK, the UK production arm of FremantleMedia, the global production and content business of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio company.  FremantleMedia UK, comprises of a group of labels, Talkback, Retort, Boundless, Thames, Newman Street and Euston Films, which produce some of the UK’s most successful shows.   

Currently On Air and in production:

QI, Through the Keyhole, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, Virtually Famous, Celebrity Juice.