Lambert starts production company


LONDON -- Former RDF Media chief creative officer Stephen Lambert has launched his own factual entertainment production company, six months after resigning over the BBC "Crowngate" affair, it was announced Tuesday.

Lambert, the executive behind such reality hits as "Faking It" and "Wife Swap," will be chief executive of the new vehicle, Studio Lambert, which has been backed by undisclosed financing from U.K. indie umbrella group All3Media.

He will launch with a team of executives that includes Peter Moore, former head of documentaries at Channel 4, and Jennie Crowther, series producer of "Wife Swap" and "The Secret Millionaire."

"We are delighted to be working together and for my part, I am really pleased to be starting afresh with such a great team," Lambert said. "We are looking forward to announcing soon the names of several other colleagues who will join as we get going."

Lambert is widely regarded as one of the U.K.'s most talented entertainment executives, launching a string of hit factual entertainment series on both sides of the Atlantic. But he was forced to resign after admitting that he had edited footage in a BBC1 trailer "A Year With the Queen" to make it appear that the monarch had stormed out of a photo shoot with Annie Liebowitz. The move left RDF Media blacklisted by the BBC and ITV and sent its shares plunging.

All3Media chief executive Steve Morrison said that Lambert is a talented executive who was launching the new venture with a strong editorial team.

"Stephen Lambert is one of Britain's most recognized creative talents. His programs are known around the world," Morrison said. "He has already attracted a formidable team to his new company. We at All3Media are delighted to help them launch Studio Lambert."

Backed by private equity house Permira, All3Media comprises 12 production companies including Lion Television and Objective Prods.