Timeline Television has recruited Simon Littler to head up its operations team at BT Sport's new production hub in the former Olympic International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Timeline provides post-production, outside broadcast and studio-based facilities for every major UK network. Littler will be responsible for a five-year managed services contract with BT Sport, to run and operate its technical facilities. As well as managing the technology deployment, he will recruit and lead 70 full time staff and a large pool of freelancers including studio crew, post-production staff, engineering support and logistics.
Prior to joining Timeline Television, Simon was head of production development at Dock10 in MediaCityUK, Salford, where he was responsible for business development and delivering production services for BBC, ITV and independent producers. Before joining Dock10, Simon spent many years at the BBC in a variety of senior roles, including studio resources manager and outside broadcast engineering manager.
"Simon has unparalleled industry knowledge in leading and managing large teams for live studio production," said Daniel McDonnell, Timeline Television MD. "After completing the successful build in a challenging timescale, Timeline TV is now responsible for operating and maintaining this complex facility. We are delighted to be welcoming someone of Simon's calibre to this role."
Timeline Television led the transformation of part of the former International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, into the new home of BT's sports channels, BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN in time for its 1 August launch.
"The chance to build a broadcast operations team from scratch is a great challenge and opportunity," Littler said. "The studio space and the sheer amount of live programming that goes out from the new facility for BT Sport is unique in the industry. I am excited to be joining Timeline Television at such a dynamic time of expansion into new services and markets."