BBC drama commissioning executive Mike Dormer is leaving to join leading independent producer Wall to Wall. Dormer will join Wall to Wall’s team of executive producers in January where he will help to drive the company’s innovative approach to drama.
As well as New Tricks for BBC1, Wall to Wall has this year produced critically acclaimed factual dramas such as The Day Britain Stopped, George Orwell : A Life in Pictures and most recently Ancient Egyptians.
Wall to Wall chief executive Alex Graham said: “It is a real coup for us to persuade Mike Dormer to join us as we look to expand our operations here and abroad. Mike is a hugely experienced executive and very highly regarded throughout the business. We’ve always thrived on mixing genres to produce genuinely innovative television and Mike’s arrival will further strengthen our hand.”
Mike Dormer added: “I’ve enjoyed my time at the BBC but the chance to join a company like Wall to Wall at such an exciting phase in its history was too good to miss. I’m looking forward to building on its remarkable track record both here and in the US.”
Dormer has been at the BBC since 1999 initially as an Executive Producer in Drama Series and from 2000 in Drama Independent Commissioning where he worked on series and event dramas including Clocking Off, Sparkhouse, Red Cap, In Denial of Murder and Wall to Wall’s own New Tricks. Recently he has taken on additional responsibilities for cross-genre projects working on ambitious and innovative projects including Pompeii - The Last Day, Dunkirk and The Private Life of Samuel Pepys starring Steve Coogan.
Dormer began his career at Granada and worked as a factual producer in ITV where his credits ranged from This Is Your Life through This Week to Reagan on Reagan and Red Empire.