Kenton Allen, the award-winning producer of The Royle Family, is leaving Elisabeth Murdoch's indie Shine to
Kenton Allen, the award-winning producer of The Royle Family, is leaving Elisabeth Murdoch's indie Shine to join the BBC as its new comedy editor, writes David Wood.Allen will report to head of comedy Sophie Clarke-Jervoise with a brief to develop sitcom and comedy drama across all the BBC's channels. He fills the comedy editor post vacated by Clarke-Jervoise in December 2001 when she was promoted.Allen, who joined Shine in January 2001 as creative director, comedy and entertainment, is understood to have become frustrated with the lack of hands-on producing in his role.'This is an irresistible offer,' said Allen, who joins a BBC comedy commissioning team which includes head of comedy entertainment Jon Plowman and head of comedy commissioning Mark Freeland. The department is responsible for 150 hours of comedy output a year, including hits such as My Family and Coupling.Allen's recent credits at Shine include developing and executive producing Channel 4's Comedy Lab show Matthew and Tone - Tales of Friendship and Innocence.A Shine spokesman said that Allen will not be directly replaced and his ongoing projects would be 'absorbed' into other departments.