28 May 2014



Leon Wilson confirmed as MD, Simon Craig, Head of Development

and James Longman appointed Head of Programmes

London, 27th May 2014:  Talkback (part of FremantleMedia UK) has confirmed the appointment of Leon Wilson to the role of Managing Director. Simon Craig becomes the Head of Development, and James Longman has been recruited to the role of Head of Programmes.  James has previously worked for Talkback, producing shows Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Rob Brydon Show.  He joins from Princess Productions.

Richard Holloway, interim CEO, FremantleMedia UK commented: “I am delighted to confirm that Leon and Simon have been confirmed in their roles.  Both are a great asset to Talkback and FremantleMedia UK.  James has a wealth of experience in tv production and is passionate about what he does, so will be a great fit for Talkback.”

Leon Wilson, Managing Director, Talkback added: “I’m very excited to be heading up a company with such a great heritage as Talkback.  We have a great team, and with James and Simon now on board, I’m looking forward to creating some fantastic new shows to add to our existing programming.”

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For further information please contact:

Susan Wilks, Head of Publicity and Corporate Communications, FremantleMedia UK

Tel:  0207 691 6137

Notes to Editors:

FremantleMedia UK is 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 most recently,Euston Films which produce some of the UK’s most successful shows.   The labels are headed up by some of the UK’s leading creative talent including Leon Wilson, Jon Rolph, Patrick Holland, Richard Holloway and Paul Marquess, with Kate Harwood joining soon to head up Euston Films.  Across the group the labels provide award winning programming for all major terrestrial, digital channels and digital outlets.  With an unparalleled range of programming including:  The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Juice, Take Me Out, Through the Keyhole, The Apprentice, You’re Fired, Four Rooms, Grand Designs, Great British Railway Journeys, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The IT Crowd, QI, National Lottery Break the Safe - the Group has aired over 450 hours of programming on terrestrial TV in the past 12 months alone.

Currently On Air and in production:


Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, Sweat the Small Stuff, Through the Keyhole, My Teenage Diary


The Apprentice, You’re Fired, Grand  Designs, Escape To The Country, Great British Railway Journeys,  Four Rooms, Great Continental Railway Journeys, The Railway War (w/t), An Hour to Save Your Life, World’s Toughest Job (w/t), World’s Best Diet (w/t), My Kitchen Rules, Talk to the Animals

Newman Street:



Birds of a Feather, Count Arthur Strong


The X Factor, TheXtra Factor, All Star Family Fortunes, Take Me Out, Britain’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got  More Talent, National Lottery: Break the Safe