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Storyvault Films has hired its first head of production to oversee its flagship Landscape and Portrait Artist of the Year series into their eleventh year and beyond.

Claire Pugh-Williams, who joins the indie next week, will be tasked with refreshing and renewing the Sky Arts shows, in which amateur and professional artists compete to produce a new artwork for a national gallery or institution.

Storyvault adds Claire Pugh-Williams as HoP - Televisual

Claire Pugh-Williams

Pugh-Williams was previously a production executive at production management company Nest Productions, working with clients across factual, fact ent, studio shows, animation and digital projects.

She has prevously worked for Nutopia as a production producer on Chris Hemsworth documentary series Limitless and a line producer on 7 Toughest Days on Earth, both for National Geographic, and as a production manager on both Top Gear (BBC Studios for BBC2) and Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia (Prospero Productions for ITV), as well as BBC Children in Need charity single and video Peter Kay’s Animated All-Star Band.

Pugh-Williams described it as a “great privilege to be asked to lead the production of what I believe are two of the most important culture series on television,” adding: “There is enormous potential for ongoing success and growth and I am excited about being part of their future development.”

Portrait Artist of the Year returns to Sky Arts for its tenth series this month, including a special in which eight of the nine previous winners paint a portrait of Dame Judi Dench. Sky Arts has aired eight series of Landscape Artist of the Year to date.

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