Willis tapped for Mentorn CEO


LONDON -- Former BBC director of factual and learning John Willis has been appointed CEO of Mentorn Prods., the indie acquired earlier this year by TV production shingle Tinopolis.

In addition to heading Mentorn -- producer of such shows as 9/11 drama "Hamburg Cell," political satire " A Very Social Secretary" and international format "Robot Wars" -- Willis will take over as group creative director for Tinopolis.

Willis will be attempting to grow Mentorn's stateside business, which has suffered in the last 18 months, a factor which led to the company's sale to Tinopolis.

"I'm delighted to be joining a blue chip independent with a strong commitment to quality and with a willingness to expand, particularly in the exciting area of new media," Willis said.

Tinopolis chairman Ron Jones said that Willis' commissioning track record would help Tinopolis expand its business.

"John has an unrivaled track record of identifying and overseeing talent, successful programs and formats across the factual, drama and entertainment genres and we're really pleased to have him join us," Jones said.