Thames managing director Amelia Brown is to leave the Britain’s Got Talent and Too Hot To Handle producer after 20 years to set up her own production company.
Brown will step down in July, working with Thames and its parent company Fremantle to ensure a smooth transition.
Brown first joined Thames in 2003 as a freelancer and then on a permanent basis in 2013.
She was appointed managing director in 2017 and has been a key creative on almost every series of Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor in Series Producer and Executive Producer roles.
She has also been instrumental in strengthening Thames’ slate of programming and has led the expansion of the label into the world of reality television and factual entertainment.
Entertainment successes including Too Hot To Handle for Netflix (a co-production with Talkback); I Can See Your Voice, The Greatest Dancer and Blankety Blank for BBC One; Eating with My Ex for BBC Three; Who Cares Wins for Channel 4; The Real Dirty Dancing for E4; and The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Game of Talents and Family Fortunes for ITV have all been delivered under her leadership.
She leaves Thames with several new commissions underway, including MAMMA MIA! I Have a Dream for ITV and The Big Celebrity Detox for E4.
Brown said: “My very first TV job was in the Thames building, and I have had the most wonderful time here. With my hand on my heart, I can say I’ve stayed at Fremantle for two decades because I love it here so much. Thames is one of the very best places to work with the very best people. After years of dreaming of setting up my own company, now is the time to make that leap and I want to thank every single person who has helped and supported me over the past twenty years. My time here has given me the experience and guidance to do what I’m doing next and for that, I am eternally grateful. I will miss everyone very much.”
Simon Andreae, CEO, Fremantle UK, added: “Amelia is one of the very best in the business, and we are incredibly sad to see her go. She has led Thames through huge success on our genre-defining talent show hits and has been responsible for expanding the label’s slate whilst also building relationships with new broadcasters and streamers.
“While we’re very sad to see her go, we’ve been aware for a while that one day she would want to start her own company. Now that the day has come, we are excited and fully supportive of her and wish her all the best for the future.”