Coolabi head of children’s programming Julian Scott is quitting the company to set up his own indie.

Scott, who is the key production figure at the listed company, will leave at the end of the month but will continue to act as a consultant on key properties - such as CBBC’s Dead Gorgeous and Nickelodeon UK’s forthcoming Poppycat.

He has not yet named his new company but will operate out of Wells, Somerset, where he moved last year, and will initially focus on children’s drama. He is currently developing some book-based properties but eventually hopes to expand outside children’s into more general programming.

“I think there are opportunities out there for a small indie with low overheads. Strong properties find a home,” Scott told Broadcast.

“This is something I have always wanted to do, and I also decided I wanted more flexibility in my lifestyle. Now is perfect timing for me. I have learnt an enormous amount from Coolabi and got all the bits of the jigsaw to do it on my own.”

Coolabi chief executive Jeremy Banks said he is likely to replace Scott with a slightly different sort of figure and that the split was amicable. “He goes with our blessing, in that we are going to be at least his first client and possibly his second and third,” he said.

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