The founder of indie Mentorn, Tom Gutteridge, is to step down from the company he set up in 1985 following the end of his 'earn-out' period with parent business The Television Corporation, writes Leigh Holmwood.
Gutteridge, a former BBC executive, helped build Mentorn into one of Britain's largest production companies with formats such as Robot Wars, Star for a Night and Today's the Day. He acquired Barraclough Carey Productions and Folio Productions in 1996 to form Mentorn Barraclough Carey, which he then sold to TV Corp in 2000.Gutteridge will stand down from his position as group creative director next year once he has executive produced a second series of the company's hit US series Paradise Hotel. He is also stepping down from TV Corp's board.He told Broadcast he had decided to leave in order to take on new challenges.Mentorn managing director Charles Thompson will take Gutteridge's place as an executive director on the board.