See-Saw Films appoints new execs

Ana Jimenez joins in Sydney with Lisa Gilchrist & Luke Franklin in international offices.

Australian-UK prodco See-Saw Films has announced three new appointments across London and Sydney offices.

Ana Jimenez (pictured left) becomes a Development Producer based in the Sydney office reporting to Head of Film and Television, Liz Watts and working with Development Executive, Nicola Freedman.

She joins from Fremantle Australia, where she was developing a slate of television shows, including producing the first two seasons of Heartbreak High.

Liz Watts said “Ana has quickly become an invaluable member of the Sydney See-Saw TV and Film Slate. We feel very lucky to have Ana’s integrity, experience and smarts on script and are delighted to have her as Development Producer.”

BAFTA-winning producer Lisa Gilchrist (centre) will work as part of the team of Executive Producers in the London office. Executive Producer Luke Franklin (right) who has been consulting for the company for the last year, will be working between Los Angeles and London, focusing on returning factual series.

Both report to Helen Gregory, See-Saw’s Creative Director.

Helen Gregory said “We’re delighted to welcome Luke and Lisa and the different perspectives they bring to the See-Saw UK slate. Luke’s experience of working with companies outside the UK is a fresh exciting lens on our work, and Lisa’s expertise in factual drama is a fantastic addition to the team.”

See-Saw’s TV output includes Slow Horses (Apple TV+), Heartstopper (Netflix) and upcoming titles such as Apple Cider Vinegar (Netflix), Sweetpea (Sky) and Grown Ups (Netflix).

Lisa Gilchrist is a BAFTA-winning producer who has developed and produced a number of hard-hitting and critically acclaimed dramas. Lisa joins from Plimsoll Productions, where she was Head of Drama, and her slate included a number of high profile factual stories for drama as well the development of original, returning series. Lisa’s past projects include See No Evil: The Moors Murders which won the BAFTA for Best Drama; Mo starring Julie Walters for which Walters won a BAFTA and International Emmy for her performance as Mo Mowlam; Appropriate Adult which won three BAFTAS for the performances of Dominic West, Emily Watson and Monica Dolan; and The Moorside starring Sheridan Smith and Siobhan Finneran which was BAFTA nominated as Best Mini-Series.

Prior to joining See-Saw, Luke Franklin established and ran the London office of Swedish company Yellow Bird, where he oversaw the development, green light and production of the first season of Henning Mankell crime drama Young Wallander (Netflix), and The Playlist (Netflix), a limited series about the battle for the soul of the music business in the early days of streaming. Before that, Luke worked across development and production at Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, on The Man In the High Castle (Amazon) and two seasons of Ransom, a CBS procedural about a team of hostage negotiators.

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