Mentorn Media has hired The House of Tiny Tearaways exec producer Helen Hawken.

Hawken, who has more than 15 years experience working across popular factual programming, will join Mentorn as executive producer for specialist and contemporary factual.

She has spent the last three years at Outline where, as well as Tearaways, she exec produced Dumped (C4) and The Big Experiment (Discovery).

Mentorn Media chief executive John Willis praised Hawken's “calibre and creative energy”. Hawken's said she was pleased to be joining a company “with a reputation for making compelling high-quality programmes in a variety of different genres”.

Prior to Outline, Hawken directed, produced, series produced and executive produced shows for the likes of Endemol, Wall to Wall and Keo Films.

She was one of a team of three working on the initial development of Big Brother (in the UK) and went on to work on series one, two and three, first as a senior producer and then as series editor.