Pepper joint-managing director, senior online editor and former owner Shane Warden has resigned with no job to go to after more than 10 years at the Soho post house.
Currently working a notice period that will take up him into 2011, Warden told Broadcast that he is currently ‘having a good look around and exploring all opportunities within broadcasting, post and production.’
He will not be replaced directly at Pepper and many of his duties will be divided up amongst other staff including new managing director Helen Alexander and a still-to-be-appointed head of technical services.
Warden said: “Our industry is going through dramatic change and after ten years of building the service, technology and craft reputation of Pepper, this is the ideal time for me to move on and take advantage of new opportunities and challenges. It’s an amicable split and it’s already opened some really interesting doors. I’m going to look at all options before deciding what to do next.”
Warden joined Pepper in 2000 after a short spell at West-1. He was previously a senior editor at TVI for five years. He was appointed to the Pepper board soon after arriving and took a shareholding in the company.
His extensive drama credit list includes Midsomer Murders, Law and Order: UK and Cranford. Recent credits include Sky 1’s Strike Back for Left Bank Pictures (pictured).
Pepper’s venture capital backers PC Pepper One LLP sold the company to the Future Film Group in August via a pre-pack administration deal.
Stephen Margolis, the chief executive of Future Film, said: “It’s a great loss. He’ll be a big hole to fill but I’ve got to respect that he wants to look at new things. On the positive side it gives us an opportunity to review how we do things at Pepper.”
Helen Alexander joined Pepper in the summer from De Lane Lea, where she had been finance director.