ITN Productions appoints Angell to senior position in IAAF joint venture
ITN Productions, the production business of the UK-based television news and content provider, has appointed Jennifer Angell as its new head of broadcast operations for its joint venture with the IAAF, track and field's governing body, for host broadcasting and media production.
The joint venture, IAAF Productions, was created last year and is the official host broadcaster for IAAF events globally.
Angell, who was formerly director of international project services for broadcast at VER, the production equipment and solutions company, will now oversee delivery of logistics and support services, venue management, and broadcaster services for IAAF events, as well as hiring a new team of managers to support IAAF Productions’ work and the rights-holding broadcasters at events.
She said: “I’m really excited to be part of the leadership team here at ITN Productions, working alongside Alastair Waddington, director of sport at ITN Productions and general manager at IAAF Productions. The last event Alastair and I worked at together was the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, and now the team is back together again. We also have Mark Fulton, our executive producer, who is leading the production team in new directions. I’m looking forward to building a great team of people here, and I’m really enthusiastic about our projects going forward.”
Ahead of next year’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Angell added: “My first mission is to organise a site visit and meeting with the organising committee for September, then a world broadcasters meeting for the Doha Championships in Qatar, which will be taking place from 12 to 14 November. It’s all systems go!”
In March, the IAAF appointed James Lord, an experienced media rights executive, as its new head of platforms and distribution, a role that encompasses working with IAAF Productions. Lord joined the IAAF in June from the England and Wales Cricket Board, taking over from the departing Alicia Klein.
Last year, ITN Productions recruited Sam Leadsom and Fulton, two experienced sports broadcasting executives, to senior roles to drive the development of the new joint venture with the IAAF.
ITN Productions’ headline agreement before the IAAF agreement has been the contract to film and edit matches from English soccer’s second-tier Championship, plus the League One and League Two divisions (as well as the League Cup and EFL Trophy).
It also provided digital clip production services for last year’s Women’s Cricket World Cup in England.