Warner Bros.-Owned Producer of 'The Voice UK' Names New CEO
LONDON – U.K. TV production and distribution firm Shed Media Group, which is majority-owned by Warner Bros., said Thursday that it has appointed Leanne Klein as CEO of its Wall to Wall unit.
She most recently served as creative director of Wall to Wall, which produces such shows as The Voice UK.
Klein replaces Alex Graham, who will help with the handover of responsibilities until the end of the year. Graham also will remain "intimately connected with the company he helped found" by serving as an executive producer on the U.S. version of Wall to Wall hit genealogy format Who Do You Think You Are?, the company said.
Wall to Wall was named U.K. production company of the year at the annual Edinburgh Television Festival Awards this summer.
Klein has been at Wall to Wall since 1995, when she won an Emmy for directing her first series for the company, Baby It’s You. She has since then creatively overseen such shows as The Voice UK, Long Lost Family, Child Genius and the Alfred Hitchcock biopic The Girl.
"Leanne is a brilliant creative television executive, and she has Wall to Wall running through her veins," said Shed CEO Nick Southgate. "I’m absolutely delighted she’s agreed to take over from Alex. Alex is one of the titans of the independent production sector, but I can’t think of anyone better to fill his large shoes."
Said Klein: "I know I’m biased, but the fact that Wall to Wall makes such fantastic shows across … different genres – including a raft of returning hits – means, for me, there’s no production company in the U.K. that could be more exciting to run."
While she became Wall to Wall's creative director in March 2011, Klein first started working for the company in 1990 and joined it in a permanent role in 1995.