25 Nov 2015



Leon Wilson, Managing Director, Talkback (part of FremantleMedia UK), has confirmed the appointment of Jonno Richards to the role of Head of Comedy.  Starting January 2016, Jonno joins from Lola Entertainment where he was Creative Director as well as executive producer on The John Bishop Show (BBC 1), John Bishop’s Australia (BBC 1) and Detectorists (BBC4 - Treasure Trove/Channel X North/Lola Entertainment) amongst others. 

Leon Wilson, Managing Director, Talkback comments: “I’m delighted that Jonno is joining the Talkback management team.  We’ve got ambitious plans and Jonno’s creativity and expertise will help us with our existing slate and to develop an exciting array of new shows. “ 

Jonno Richards adds:” "I'm very lucky - after three fantastic years at Lola Entertainment, I now have the opportunity to work with Leon and his team. Talkback produces such a great range of brilliant, funny shows and I can't wait to get started there."

Jonno joined Lola Entertainment in 2012, and prior to that was a freelance producer whose credits include John Bishop’s Britain (Objective for BBC1), Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (Gallowgate for ITV) and Chris Moyles Quiz Night (Magnum Media for C4). 

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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, Glitchy, Virtually Famous, Celebrity Juice.