Today we welcome Katy Tallon, who has joined the business as Global Sustainability Manager.
As Global Sustainability Manager, Tallon will expand the ambitions of Fremantle’s climate objectives, focusing on enabling production teams in the successful implementation of responsible programme making practices. She will also lead on creating a culture of sustainability across the 27 territories in which Fremantle operates.
Tallon will spearhead accurate production carbon accounting, enabled through Fremantle’s ongoing partnership with sustainability backed projects internationally such as albert in the UK and The Green Motion Label in Germany. Tallon will oversee alignment on Fremantle’s strategies on a global scale, highlighting areas to embed sustainable practices within productions internationally. She will also look to captilise on the creative power of world-leading storytellers, to shift the cultural dial on our planet’s health.
Tallon initially spent 10 years in the television industry working as a producer, holding roles at the BBC and KEO films. She took a year out to study for a MSc in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh, where she volunteered as part of the 2050 Scotland Climate Group; creating radical, cross-sector collaboration of best practice in sustainable business. Tallon has since held a number of roles at the cutting edge of sustainable production strategies, advising the creative industries, most recently as Industry Sustainability Manager at BAFTA albert.
Andrew Bott, Chief Financial Officer, Fremantle said: “Sustainable practices continue to be at the forefront of our business activity. As we assess our response to the climate crisis and our responsibility to take action across our productions and our operations, we are delighted to welcome Katy to the team. Her experience, expertise and values align with our ambitions, and I look forward to working with her to ensure we are industry leaders in sustainable productions.”
Katy Tallon, incoming Global Production Sustainability Manager, Fremantle added: “The opportunity to work for such a global powerhouse as Fremantle, is a privilege. I am excited at the prospect of making a real difference in a business with such scale, goals and values. It is vitally important that we continue to establish the best-in-class sustainable practices across this industry and strive to limit the impact of TV production on the environment. But the greatest opportunity lies in the enormous global reach of Fremantle, where we have the opportunity to connect with audiences about their concerns around the climate crisis.”
As Global Sustainability Manager, Tallon will be based in the Global Entertainment Production (GEP) team, who provide support for many of Fremantle’s key entertainment titles such as Got Talent, The Apprentice, Farmer Wants a Wife, Game of Talents, Too Hot To Handle. However, the full scope of her role will cover entertainment, factual, scripted production and therefore also involve reporting into the Fremantle Sustainability Focus Group, working with stakeholders across all of Fremantle’s global production companies and corporate leads.
Fremantle aspires to be a global leader in sustainable content production. The introduction of the industry-first’s sustainability partnership with Bafta’s albert represents a significant step by the group to address the impact of global television production. Fremantle’s continued commitment to the environment is clearly demonstrable by their ambition to become climate neutral by 2030, a target which includes a 50% reduction on absolute emissions from a 2018 baseline.