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  1. IWC’s The Big Scottish Book Club Returns to BBC Scotland

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    IWC, a Banijay Group company, has been commissioned to make another 8×60’ series of arts show, The Big Scottish Book Club, for BBC Scotland. Produced in Glasgow, the second run follows the critical success of the first season.

    The Big Scottish Book Club will return with award-winning author Damian Barr, who once again will interview acclaimed writers from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, to discuss their work on stage in front of a live audience. Filmed in different locations around Scotland, each episode has a theme, from love to loss, survival to betrayal, allowing Barr to delve into, not only the writer’s books, but their own personal stories.

    Series one had a high-profile line-up of guests from Scotland, the UK and the wider world including Ian Rankin, Graham Norton, Marian Keyes, David Nicholls, John Niven, Denise Mina, and Janice Galloway.

    Damian Barr said: “I’m delighted that viewers had as much fun watching The Big Scottish Book Club as we had making it. So many folk fell in love with books they might never have picked up otherwise and that’s just the best! I’m delighted that BBC Scotland is bringing us back for a second series. We promise more exclusive readings, book club visits and conversations with the best writers from across Scotland and around the world.”

    Commissioning Editor at BBC Scotland Gareth Hydes said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to double the number of episodes of The Big Scottish Book Club when it returns to BBC Scotland later in the year for a second series.  Damian and the whole team delivered a terrific show full of world-class writers and poets. It was packed full of knowledge and all delivered with such an infectious enthusiasm that left us all wanting more.”

    Mark Downie, Creative Director of IWC said: “Damian’s exceptional talent and reputation as a writer and interviewer meant this literary show, made in Scotland, was host to truly world-class guests and international bestsellers. We look forward to continuing this high calibre exploration into the next series for BBC Scotland, which shares our passion for getting people talking about reading.”

    The Big Scottish Book Club was commissioned by Gareth Hydes, Commissioning Editor for BBC Scotland, and is Executive Produced by Mark Downie and Pauline Law for IWC. The Big Scottish Book Club is distributed globally by Banijay Rights.

  2. Pauline Law Appointed Head of Factual for IWC

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    IWC, a Banijay Group company, today announces  Pauline Law will be joining the business as Head of Factual, overseeing a slate of factual programming, and bolstering IWC’s production office in Glasgow.

    Law joins IWC from BBC Scotland, where from 2017 she was Head of Multiplatform Production, and responsible for 300 members of staff, including teams in Music, Entertainment, Events, Digital, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. During this time, she led a Development team that won over 80 new commissions, including Emeli Sande’s Street Symphony and Susan Calman’s Fringe Benefits for the new BBC Scotland channel, also Executive Producing Arts content such as Beginning, the channel launch film with Chvrches.

    From 2013 to 2017, Law was Executive Producer, BBC Scotland Factual/BBC Studios Pacific Quay Productions. Here she delivered a range of arts and music programmes, including award-winning films for BBC Two such as The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl, and Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, and for BBC Scotland, Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime and The Proclaimers: This is the Story. Other roles she has held include: Arts Lead, BBC Scotland, Channel Executive, BBC Two/BBC Four and Series Producer, BBC Scotland Arts.

    As Head of Factual, Law will report to Creative Director, Mark Downie, and work closely with him to build on IWC’s reputation as one of Scotland’s leading independent production companies, that produce much-loved series such as Location, Location, Location and Susan Calman’s Secret Scotland to critically acclaimed documentaries such as The Importance of Being Oscar and Lost Films of World War Two. Her appointment is part of IWC’s commitment to making quality programming out of Scotland by expanding its operations in Glasgow and driving the creation of ambitious new ideas in order to increase its Specialist Factual, Popular Factual and Fact Ent production.

    Mark Downie, Creative Director of IWC said: “Pauline is a hugely experienced and highly respected programme maker with an especially impressive track record in music and arts. The fantastic range of programmes she has created and made makes her an ideal hire for our Glasgow office, at a time where there are numerous, exciting opportunities for programme making outside of London. We look forward to welcoming her into our team.”

    Pauline Law added: “I’m delighted to be joining IWC at this exciting time for broadcasting in Scotland. IWC already have such a fantastic range of programmes from popular factual brands to arts and music documentaries. Mark immediately got my creative juices flowing when he approached me about joining the team.  I’m so looking forward to working with IWC on their current commissions and to creating new shows for audiences across the UK and beyond, made out of Glasgow. “