production firm Waterside Television has confirmed
that Malcolm Ritchie, the former chief operating
officer of PolyGram, Europes largest film
group, had been appointed as non-executive chairman.
Aberdeen-born Malcolm was one of the architects
behind some of Britains biggest box office
success stories, including Four Weddings and
a Funeral and Trainspotting. Waterside says
it will draw upon Malcolms expertise as
it expands into TV production.
"I want to see Waterside eventually become an
Edinburgh equivalent of Wark Clements," Ritchie
His role at Waterside is his third Scottish
venture. He already holds non-executive positions
at Aberdeen-based Tern Television, producer
of the popular gardening series Beechgrove Garden
and Glasgow-based digital animation firm Absolute
"I am clearly looking at ways to help the three
companies work together," he said.
Waterside recently invested £250,000 in broadcasting
facilities at its studios in Leith and has appointed
highly regarded editor Ian Stroud, formerly
of Picardy Television as head of its creative
team. Another former Picardy employee, Kerry
Cathro, has joined to set up a new graphic design
Ritchie said he had been attracted to Waterside
by the strength of its management. "It is well
positioned to continue to build a successful
business and I look forward to helping the company
grow and develop in existing and new areas of
business," he said.
Waterside is best known for its work on the
Intelligent Finance television advertising campaign.
It is also currently working for the Edinburgh
Last year, the founding shareholders of Waterside,
George Barr and John Hogg, left to pursue new
ventures. They have since founded production
house Green Room Films.
Ritchie, who is still based in London, where
he works for television investment firm Kuhn
& Co refused to be drawn on any full-time
return to Scotland, but it is understood he
is keen to spend more time away from London.
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