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BYO Films, the All3Media-backed indie start-up co-founded by Line of Duty star Vicky McClure, has hired a head of development.

Natasha Phillips joins from The Little Drummer Girl producer The Ink Factory, where she has spent two years as a development producer working on global projects and working on new talent initiatives with emerging writers from diverse backgrounds.

She is a former head of development at Various Artists Limited, where she script edited Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You and is a former commissioning executive for Channel 4 on dramas including Utopia, Skins, Misfits and Humans.

McClure and fiancé Jonny Owen set up BYO Films, which will produce scripted and non-scripted formats, in spring this year.

The company’s initial slare includes Without Sin, an ITV four-part drama it is co-producing with Left Bank Pictures, in which McClure plays a grieving mother who meets the man who she believes murdered her 14 year-old daughter.

Phillips is the indie’s first hire. In a statement, McClure and Owen praised her as “a passionate advocate for emerging voices” and said they admired her “deep experience and incredible drive”.


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