Alongside his role as MD of RDF, Jim Allen also oversees Wonder, Little Wonder and Fizz. He joined RDF in 2009 from ITV Productions, where he held the position of Director, ITV Studios, Factual & Entertainment since 2003.
At ITV, his two-genre-section of the business had more than 500 staff and was responsible for a stellar slate of programming including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Dancing on Ice, Hell’s Kitchen, Come Dine With Me, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, Airline and the RTS Educational TV Award winner, Words of War. Prior to this role, he was Group Controller, Granada Factual (from 2001) and Controller of Factual Programmes, LWT (from 1997), with a slate that included Ramsay’s Boiling Point, the first television vehicle for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. He has worked in television production for over 30-years and personally created and devised a wide range of programmes including Britain’s Best Dishand Celebrity Fit Club.
Over the last nine years, Allen has overseen the growth of new factual formats and hits, including Eat Well For Less, Secret Life of Four Year Olds, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents, 10 Puppies and Us, How To Spend It Well with Phillip Schofield and Secrets of The Pickpockets. RDF’s daytime slate has also grown with major ITV series including Dickinson’s Real Deal, Secret Dealers and the hit quiz, Tipping Point. In 2015, RDF set up its own entertainment label Fizz. Recent programmes include Crystal Maze and Shipwrecked.
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