Former BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw joins Broadchurch and Big Brother producer as factual boss

Respected programme maker and executive who is the last person to have the job of exclusively running BBC2 joins Endemol Shine as director of factual


Former BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw has been appointed to the newly-established position of Director of Factual at super indie Endemol Shine.


The executive will join the company which makes a range of hit shows including Broadchurch, Black Mirror, Big Brother and 24 Hours in the past after the post of BBC2 controller was abolished in January. The job of overseeing the BBC’s TV channels is now handled by Charlotte Moore.

Since January, Shillinglaw has seen out her BBC contract working for BBC Worldwide.

In the new role, Shillinglaw will lead the strategy for factual across Endemol Shine UK and oversee management of production companies Dragonfly, Dragonfly West, DSP and Bristol-based Tigress. 

Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer at Endemol Shine Group said: “We see factual as a growth area and Kim as the ideal person to champion our ambitions. She is a creative who develops and delivers big ideas and has a great track record in innovation plus a wealth of high-level experience. She will be an incredibly valuable addition to the UK team”

Richard Johnston, Chief Executive Officer at Endemol Shine UK said: “Factual is key to the UK group and Kim’s brief is to ensure we can be absolute top of our game in the genre, through supporting the teams, productions and shaping our factual strategy. We’re delighted to welcome her to the group.”

Kim Shillinglaw added “It’s a very exciting time to join Endemol Shine UK, there is a rich track record in factual and genuine desire to build and grow this further. We want to be a home for the best talent to do inventive, exciting, high quality work that punches through and grabs the audience’s attention, right across the range of factual. I’m really looking forward to working with the great teams and companies here and collaborating with Peter Salmon, Richard Johnston and Lucinda Hicks to take factual across the group to the next level.”

At the BBC Shillinglaw was a BAFTA and Emmy nominated programme maker and held numerous senior commissioning positions since 2006, most recently that of Controller of BBC2 and BBC4.

During her time at the BBC Shillinglaw was responsible for many hit shows such as The Real Marigold Hotel, The Town That Took on The Tax Man, The Detectives and Meet the Ukippers.


Her other prominent commissioning successes include Stargazing Live Pottery Throwdown and current factual hit Exodus: Journey to Britain.