Former Thames Television spin-off company Euston Films is to be revived as a production company – with BBC drama boss Kate Harwood overseeing the new era of the brand.
Harwood is to leave the BBC after nearly a quarter of a century to take on the top job at Euston Films. The brand is owned by Fremantle Media UK via the takeover of Thames Television by parent company RTL Group.
The original Euston Films was launched by Thames Television in 1971 using locations and film over videotape and studio sets for its drama output. Shows produced by Euston, named after the location of Thames Television’s HQ, included The Sweeney starring John Thaw and Minder with George Cole.
The company remained active until 1994 – two years after Thames Television lost its ITV broadcast licence for the London weekdays service. Thames, founded in 1968, however continues as an indie production house, currently concentrating on entertainment programming.
Harwood will become managing director of the label later this year Broadcast reports. The new Euston Films will be part of a number of brands owned by Fremantle Media UK including Talkback, Boundless and Thames.
I am relishing the challenge of new ventures in drama in the independent sector after many happy years in BBC Production – Kate Harwood quoted by Broadcast
Harwood became Head of Drama Production for BBC programming in England following a restructuring of production divisions at the corporation last year.