The People Behind Endemol UK

Management Team

Management Team

Tim Hincks


As Chairman of Endemol UK, Tim works closely with CEO Lucas Church in overseeing the creative and strategic direction of the company.

Tim began his television career in 1990 when he divided his time between producing BBC Two's Food and Drink programme in the UK for Bazal (now Remarkable Television, part of Endemol UK) and working on current affairs programmes such as Newsnight and BBC Westminster.

Tim became Creative Director of Endemol UK in 2002 and stepped up to become Chief Creative Officer in January 2005. He was appointed Endemol's Chief Executive Officer in January 2008, also sitting on the International board and the Creative Board of Endemol Group.

Under his tenure Endemol's UK business grew to become one of the largest independent producers in the country with a strong, diversified output that has delivered some of Endemol's biggest international hits.

He was Executive Chair of the Edinburgh International TV Festival from 2007-2010 and sits on its Executive Board.

Tim was appointed Chairman of Endemol UK in May 2012 when he also became President of Endemol Group. In his role as President he is responsible for overseeing the Group's operations in the US and UK, further building the collaboration and synergy between these key markets, as well as the creation and commercial exploitation of content across the Endemol's worldwide network.

He is lead guitarist in the television industry's 17th most influential rock group, No Expectations (alongside band mates Peter Fincham and Zeppotron's Neil Webster).

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Lucas Church

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO Lucas leads Endemol UK and its production companies, Initial, Remarkable Television, Zeppotron, Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP), Tiger Aspect, and Tigress, which annually produce over 2,000 hours in genres including entertainment, drama, comedy, factual, features, documentaries and children's programming.

Lucas trained as a barrister and started his career in television in 1992 when he joined Initial as head of business affairs. When the company was bought by Broadcast Communications (now Endemol UK) Lucas became head of legal and business affairs for the entire UK Group and in 1996 he was also made Company Secretary.

In early 2000 he became Head of Commercial Affairs and was subsequently promoted to the Endemol UK board as Commercial Director in January 2002.

In January 2005 Lucas was appointed as Joint Managing Director of Endemol UK and went on to become Chief Operating Officer in January 2008.

He took up his current position as CEO in May 2012.

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Richard Johnston

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Richard is responsible for the day to day running of the Endemol UK.

Richard began his career in television in 1996 when he joined Broadcast Communications (now Endemol UK) as Financial Controller.

He had previously spent four years at accountants Ernst & Young, where he qualified as a chartered accountant specialising in media clients.

After moving to Endemol UK he spent three years as Financial Controller before becoming Head of Business Development - responsible for the group's acquisition programme and strategy development.

Richard became Finance Director in 2001, stepping up to become Joint Managing Director in January 2005 then Chief Financial Officer in January 2008.

He took up his current position as Chief Operating officer in May 2012.


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David Flynn

Chief Creative Officer

As Chief Creative Officer for Endemol UK, David Flynn oversees creativity across the entire UK group and was appointed this role in June 2013.

David Flynn's credits include creating and executive producing The Million Pound Drop which first launched in 2010 and continues to be a hit for Channel 4. The format, internationally known as The Money Drop, plays across TV and online and has now sold to more than 50 countries with over 30 million second screen games played and over 2900 episodes airing worldwide.

David also co-created the hit game show Pointless for BBC One where it is frequently wins both its weekday and primetime Saturday night spots.

Flynn was also behind The Singer Takes It All (Channel 4), the groundbreaking singing game show sees viewers become both judge and jury on a real-time interactive app. The first series on Channel 4 had over 21 million votes cast via the app and broke records with 15% of the live viewing audience voting along with the show.



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Charlie Gardner

Global Head of Public Relations, Endemol Group

Charlie has worked in PR and corporate communications for seventeen years. He joined Endemol's UK operation in 1999 as Head of Corporate and Public Relations and was promoted to Director of Communications in 2004. In 2006 he was given the additional role of Group Press Officer for Endemol Group, with a further remit for media communications internationally, before being appointed to his current role in February 2009.

Prior to joining Endemol he was part of the Corporate PR team behind the launch campaign for Channel 5 in the UK, joining in 1996 as Corporate Affairs Executive. He was previously an account executive at international public affairs agency IGA with a wide range of blue chip clients.

As Global Head of Public Relations for Endemol Group Charlie has responsibility for Endemol's worldwide media communications as well as continuing to oversee media relations for Endemol UK.



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Bella Lambourne

Global Head of Human Resources and UK HR director

Bella Lambourne originally joined documentary producer Hawkshead as General Manager in 1993 and after the group expanded to become Broadcast Communications took responsibility as UK Group Head of Human Resources in 1997.

Bella was promoted to Human Resources Director for Endemol UK in 2002 and also oversees the administrative and operational functions of the group.

In addition to her UK role overseeing all aspects of HR for Endemol UK, Remarkable, Initial, Zeppotron, Darlow Smithson Productions, and Tigress Bella was promoted to Global Head of Human Resources at Endemol Group in March 2011. Bella is passionate about improving the diversity of TV both on and off screen.

Bella is a member of PACT Council, chair of the PACT Diversity Committee, she also sits on the board of Women in Film and TV as well as the CDN steering group.

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Laurence Jones

Commercial Director

Laurence Jones was appointed Commercial Director of Endemol UK in September 2013 and is responsible for growing Endemol UK's off screen revenues across all platforms.

He was previously Managing Director of Initial for 11 years, overseeing a period of sustained growth at the company.

Most recently he has been instrumental in the ongoing commercial relationship with Channel 5 for Big Brother, which has included a succession of brand partnerships and product placement deals; as well as the company's digital media partnership with The Rolling Stones, which has globally launched the band's first ever official fan app.

Laurence's production credits have included setting up and running major productions such as Fame Academy (BBC One) and UK Music Hall of Fame (Channel 4) as well as co-productions such as Paradise Cafe (CBBC). He has also led projects such as Initial's bi-annual affiliation with Unicef for Soccer Aid on ITV, which has raised over £12 million for the charity; the company's seven year association with Camelot for the National Lottery draws on BBC One and a range of other commercial partnerships that have delivered significant growth.

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