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Scripted indie The Story Collective has hired senior execs from New Pictures and See Saw Films as it plots its expansion.

Head of commercial, legal and business affairs Elouise West has overseen business affairs for dramas such as ITV true-crime mini-series Des and upcoming BBC/Netflix project Champion in her four years at New Pictures.

She has previously worked at Pact, advising indies and studios on the application of broadcaster terms of trade.

Meanwhile, as head of development, Ceci Mazzarella will work with The Story Collective’s executive producer Kate Lewis to develop a slate of bold writer-driven TV dramas.

She previously helped establish See-Saw Films as a producer of limited TV series as well as its building on its existing film slate with titles such as Operation Mincemeat and forthcoming movie One Life.

The Story Collective – backed by investor The Fifth Season and previously known as The Story Company – recently made its first investments into scripted producers.

It will provide strategic, commercial and operational support, and development funding, to both The Collection indie Artis Pictures, run by drama producer Kate Croft, and to Maia Pictures, the company set up by former Channel 4 comedy commissioner Rachel Springett.

The Story Collective is currently in production on its first commission A Thousand Blows, a 12-part Disney+ series created by Peaky Blinders and Great Expectations writer Stephen Knight.

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